Martin wide awake to danger of Spurs' marauding Bale
Tuesday 27 December 2011
Russell Martin may be a new father but if he is losing sleep it is not at the prospect of shackling the "on fire" Tottenham winger Gareth Bale at Carrow Road tonight.
Martin has produced a string of consistent displays in the Norwich defence – including in the 4-2 win over Newcastle earlier this month when his partner Jasmine had gone into labour ahead of the birth of their first child, Reno.
With Kyle Naughton, on loan from Spurs, set to serve a one-match ban tonight, the likelihood is that Martin will be asked to move out to the right side of defence. "If I get put out there at right-back for one game, it is no problem as I have played there for a lot of my career," said the 25-year-old Scotland international. "But it is going to be hard for anyone to stop Bale, because he is on fire, just like the whole Spurs team."
"Spurs are flying and have overtaken Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, they look like they will be challenging for the title this season, so it does not get any easier.
"We know how tough it is going to be, but we have worked hard to get here and we have not been overawed so far, I am sure that will continue."
It will need to continue – while they are the highest of the three promoted teams, Norwich have yet to keep a clean sheet in any of their 17 Premier League games, and it is understood defensive reinforcements are on manager Paul Lambert's wanted list.
"I have told the club the players I would like to try and get in," Lambert said. "We have to box clever with what we are trying to do. It is up to the club to try and sort something out."
Odds Home 7-2; Draw 13-5, Away 4-5.
Kick-off Tonight, 7.30pm (Sky Sports 1; Highlights Sky Sports 1, 10pm)
Team news Kyle Naughton misses out for Norwich against his parent club, but would have been suspended anyway, after picking up a fifth booking. Spurs could have Rafael Van der Vaart fit, but have worries over Younes Kaboul (hamstring) while Jermain Defoe (hamstring) is out.
Latest in Sport
Phil Hughes dead: List of players who have tragically died on the cricket pitch
Nani transfer: No future for winger at Sporting Lisbon as club cannot afford his wages when loan deal with Manchester United runs out
This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
Mario Balotelli is playing badly at Liverpool because he misses his daughter, says agent
Tottenham Hotspur vs Partizan Belgrade match report: Spurs go through in Europa League - but pitch invaders grab the attention
- 1 Exodus Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott never considered casting 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he'd killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'