Norwich City defender Russell Martin is adamant a strong work ethic is more important than lavish spending when it comes to Premier League survival.
The Canaries sit in 13th place in the table and are on course to seal a third consecutive season in the English top flight.
“Newcastle have spent a lot of money,” Martin said. "Stoke have got a lot more financial resources and have spent a lot more than us and QPR could possibly go down [this weekend].”
Norwich face Stoke at the Britannia at the weekend knowing that a win will take them past the magical 40-point barrier.
But the Brighton-born centre-back refused to outline a specific aim, suggesting that it can cause players to ease off once reached.
“I think if you set a target and get there, everyone relaxes a little bit, so there’s no target,” he told the Norwich Evening News.
“Other teams are on a good run of form and it’s made it a bit tighter than people would have liked but we’ve been in a good position for a while and hopefully we stay there.”
Although Norwich have won only one of their last six matches, they are seven points clear of the relegation zone and in no immediate danger.
Their 2-1 win against Reading at Carrow Road on Saturday all but quashed fears of demotion and effectively consigned the Royals to Championship football next year.
Martin was confident that the East Anglian club would not be joining Nigel Adkins’ side, and that togetherness among the players ensures survival.
“We’ve got a good group of lads who work hard and a real team ethic. When we stay up, people will see that and appreciate the hard work the lads have put in,” he said.
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