Norwich 0 West Brom 1: Russell Martin promises protesting Norwich fans players are hurting too
Relegation watch: Norwich City captain Russell Martin has called for togetherness from players and supporters
Monday 07 April 2014
While Fulham were giving themselves faint hopes of survival with their 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday, Norwich City were sucked closer to the relegation zone with a 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion which sparked angry scenes among supporters at Carrow Road.
Hundreds of clapperboards, which had been put on the seats to improve the atmosphere, were thrown onto the field at the end, one hitting manager Chris Hughton. Stewards had to intervene when Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy confronted one fan, while captain Russell Martin was involved in an exchange with another supporter. Chants of “We want Hughton out” rang out, and a group of fans later gathered outside the ground to vent their frustrations.
“I spoke earlier this week about how good the fans are, and they are, but against West Brom was disappointing,” Martin said afterwards. “This is now a time more than ever to stick together. It hurts us as players. We are as disappointed as anyone in this stadium. It means as much to myself, to John [Ruddy], people who have been here a long time and played a lot of games for this club and we need them [the fans] more than ever. They need to get behind us.”
Norwich are five points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s visit to 18th-placed Fulham, but then finish the campaign off against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Cardiff City look doomed after their 3-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace. Their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has won two of his 13 league games since replacing Malky Mackay in January, admitted: “We need to produce a miracle to stay up now.”
Fulham manager Felix Magath paid tribute to Hugo Rodallega, who scored his side’s late winner. “He’s shown he’s in good shape,” Magath said.
Co-creator Mark Gatiss dropped some very intriguing hints ahead of the BBC drama's return next year
London 'needs affordable housing'
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Manchester United: Danny Welbeck is not guaranteed a starting place - but Arsene Wenger hints at wide role
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Sami Khedira: Arsenal and Chelsea target signs pre-contract with Bayern Munich - reports
Arsenal vs Manchester United: Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta return from injury as Arsene Wenger delivers positive squad update
Dave Whelan: Wigan owner apologises for comments after Malky Mackay appointment but defends himself against anti-Semitism claim
- 1 'Not suppost to cry': 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy
- 2 Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 3 Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
- 4 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 5 Pastafarian former porn star Asia Lemmon allowed to wear colander in driving licence photo
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine