Norwich City old boy Chris Martin aims to lead Derby’s fightback after Championship play-off final heartache
11:59 27 May 2014
Norwich City old boy Chris Martin has urged his Derby team mates not to linger on their Championship play-off final heartache at Wembley.
Martin now faces the prospect of a first reunion with his former club since leaving Carrow Road 12 months ago after the Rams’ 1-0 weekend defeat to 10-man QPR.
The 25-year-old has no time to dwell on Derby’s disappointment,with the Beccles’ bred frontman poised to make his Scotland debut later this week in a friendly against Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.
Martin was drafted into Gordon Strachan’s international set-up after a prolific 25-goal league campaign leading Derby’s frontline, but the Rams were unable to go one last step at Wembley after losing out to Rangers’ striker Bobby Zamora’s clinical stoppage time winner.
“It was pretty low in that dressing room and there were a few tears but I think all of the players can hold their heads up high this season,” said Martin. “They have had a fantastic season, it wasn’t quite meant to be with how the result turned out, but you have to give full credit to everybody. We have been very good and we have been extremely unlucky in the final game but let’s hope we can come back stronger.
“The hurt will linger for quite some time but you have to put it behind you and focus on the positives. If you look at the negatives you can get caught up in it and we need to move on.
“We’ve made a massive leap forward as a club and a team this season and this has to be another step on the journey.”
Martin hopes Steve McClaren’s squad can draw inspiration from their East Midlands’ rivals Leicester who lifted the Championship title after enduring play-off misery.
“A few people have already touched on it. Leicester suffered this type of heartache 12 months ago and came back and were champions,” Martin told Derby’s official site. “That is a good example for us to have a look at and see if we can replicate that next season because if we keep this squad together and the fans behind us we’ll have a right good chance. For such a young team to go out and impress our will and how we wanted to play on a squad like QPR, who have so much experience, was magnificent. We really have had a good season and we need to use this experience to make us stronger next time out.”