Monday 28 November 2011

Martin hails Holt's attitude

Norwich defender says club captain deserved winning goal against QPR

Holt has scored three in his last five appearances for Norwich

Norwich City defender Russell Martin has praised the attitude of Grant Holt, after the Canaries striker hit the winner in Saturday's 2-1 win over QPR.

Holt came off the substitute's bench at Carrow Road and made an immediate impact as he bundled in the winner on 73 minutes to earn Norwich their first win in five matches.

Martin, who skippered the Canaries on Saturday, said club captain Holt was a true team player - despite not being able to hold down a regular starting spot.

"I'm pleased for him. He's been in and out of the side recently but he's still a leader on and off the pitch," said Martin.

"He trains hard, he works hard and he's getting his rewards."

Holt has scored three times in his last five matches for Norwich, although four of those appearances have been from the bench.

Martin said manager Paul Lambert's policy of rotating players was a necessary tactic if Norwich wanted to survive in the top flight.

"It's different from last year, but you have to do it in this league with the physicality of it all. People are going to need a rest more often than they did in the Championship," he said.

"He's chopping and changing, but it doesn't come out of the blue. We work on certain things all week so whichever system he chooses to go with the boys are comfortable with it."

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Key Points

  • Holt hit winner in Saturday's match against QPR
  • Victory was Norwich's first in past five matches
  • Club captain Holt not regular starter this season