Chris Martin aims to takes old club Norwich City’s Premier League place

Chris Martin was sad to his old club Norwich City suffer Premier League relegation. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images) Chris Martin was sad to his old club Norwich City suffer Premier League relegation. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images)

Friday, May 16, 2014
9:07 AM

Former Norwich City striker Chris Martin admits it was tough to see his boyhood club relegated from the Premier League, as he bids to take the Canaries place with play-off chasing Derby.

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The 25-year-old rifled two goals in the Rams’ 6-2 aggregate success over Brighton to earn them a Wembley date against QPR in the Championship play-off final later this month. Martin has been a revelation in the East Midlands this season, scoring 25 goals in 50 appearances, after completing a permanent move following his release from the club where he spent more than a decade.

“I was sorry to see Norwich get relegated. I’ve got a big affection for the club and a lot of good people work there - and still play there - who I know well,” he said. “I’m disappointed for them, because they’ve obviously not quite been good enough this season. But I think they’ve got the resources and the playing staff to bounce back. So, hopefully, they can do that.”

Martin may have cause for a double celebration if Derby can edge past QPR, with the striker also in line for his international debut at the end of this month after a first-ever call-up to the Scotland squad.

“Although it might surprise a few people, I am Scottish and it comes through my Dad, who was born in Glasgow and lived there until he was in his twenties,” he said. “It is an honour for me to be honest although it has been a little while to get to this stage. Of course there have been tough times for me. I have been out on loan and there are times when you doubt yourself, not getting into the squad at the club you are signed to. I have had to move my young family around the country searching for football, but I needed to do it, and prove to people I can play higher up.”

13 comments

  • Spot on, canary tifoso. A replacement for Holt should have been top priority. Glenn Murray? That young NZ bloke at Leicester(?). Chris Martin?? Instead, he fiddled about with an over-hyped loan signing, in the form of the personable, but lower Champ\L1 standard Kei Kamara. Then an ageing Swede, intent on topping up his Pension Fund, in Elmander. I wonder if Peterboro`s Assombalonga might be worth a punt now that Posh have lost out in the play-offs? Our Club needs to focus a bit more on football this time out. The Kamara hype was fun, but no substance to it. Machianalli had some marketing ruse, trying to globalise the Canaries thro` a manufactured Superhero. A bit more expensively, RvW was much the same. Other than that, we suffered mediocre journeymen and players with no spirit. Madness. Badness.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Totally agree with Mad Brewer, and if I'm not mistaken Hughton had Andy Carroll to score goals for him in that one season at Newcastle.

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    canary tifoso

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

  • Good strikers of the "old mould" make chances for themselves and for others. Holt is\was a prime example. From what little I`ve seen of him this season, in TV footage, Chris Martin seems to have learned quite a bit from Holt. Norwich became a strikers` graveyard as soon as Hughton and Calderwood arrived. Holt, Vaughan, Jackson, Kamara, Martin, Morison, Hooper, Winkel... Becchio. I think Hughton disapproves of strikers, despite that outstanding Champ season at Newcastle. Perhaps the players ignored him? It worked when Holt & Co did similar. Btw, I hear rumours that Beccles Boy still keeps the Boys in Blue busy in Derby....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Martins Scottish roots probably go to explain why he was always p1ssed.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Look past the transfer fee's and look at the style of play Derby play and what league they are in. Then look at what league we are in and how many chances NCFC created for RVW. Basic.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Chris has played a similar role to what grant holt did, the main target man,holding the ball up well,brining others into play,fully desrves the praise,he has been outstanding this season.The way he dealt with Joey Bartonat the ipro was classic

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    inoffconeysbum

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Yes, what a fine piece of business that was last year! Chris Martin out - 20+ goals this year. van Wolfswinkle in, £8.5 million, 1 goal. Why do football clubs always undervalue what they have got in front of their noses?

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    Steve Scrutton

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Thing is though i'd have loved to have seen RVW & Hooper during the Lambert era. Players like Morison, Holt, Jackson etc...would get 3 or 4 chances per games. RVW & Hooper sadly arrived at a time where we will create them 1 half chance at best.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Jackson and Kamara - Natural goal scorers That is stretching it a bit!

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    andys

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Saying Kamara is known for scoring goals is like saying Ipswich sell out their ground every week. Top chap though! :)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Tifoso - I think he had a attitude problem at Norwich. It seemed to manifest itself when he entered into a hostelry.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Yes, what an irony. One of the many we let go who knew how to score goals - Holt, Vaughan, Jackson, Kamara, Martin, etc - in order to replace them with 8 million pound van Wolfswinkel + Becchio etc. Shocking judgement. Whoever replaces Hughton has got to have, for starters, a better nose for players who can put the ball in the net.

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    canary tifoso

    Friday, May 16, 2014

  • Certainly got the same short fuse the scots have!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 16, 2014

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