Norwich City exit is motivating Chris Martin ahead of Championship play-off final with Derby County

Derby's Chris Martin (left) celebrates scoring his second goal with Jamie Ward during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off, Semi Final match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Derby's Chris Martin (left) celebrates scoring his second goal with Jamie Ward during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off, Semi Final match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA

Thursday, May 22, 2014
11:23 AM

Derby striker Chris Martin hopes the next week will be the best of his career as he looks to end the season with a double celebration.

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The Rams’ leading scorer has his sights set on being able to call himself a Premier League player when he links up with the Scotland squad for the first time for their international friendly against Nigeria on Wednesday.

Martin helped Norwich win promotion to the top flight in 2011 but was barely used by the Canaries the following season, starting just three league games before he was loaned to Crystal Palace. Another loan spell, at Swindon, followed last season.

He stands on the brink of reaching the Premier League again as Derby prepare to face QPR in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday, and the 25-year-old is eager to make up for lost time.

“It’s a driving factor for me. I want to get back there,” he said.

“I wasn’t there long enough for my liking last time – I barely touched it. I don’t like to call myself a Premier League player as I wasn’t there long enough.

“I wasn’t fancied at the time to do the job at Norwich – the manager put his trust in others to do the job. That’s what they are paid for and it turned out well for them at the time.

“But the loan spells were a big learning curve and a step in the process for me. I went to Crystal Palace and Swindon and that led to me being here at Derby.”

Martin has been pivotal to Derby’s promotion challenge, with his 25 goals – including one in each leg of the play-off semi-final against Brighton – bringing him to the attention of Scotland.

Scotland take on Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage just four days after Derby’s date at Wembley.

Martin is joined in the squad by Norwich full-back Steven Whittaker but not City duo Russell Martin and Robert Snodgrass, who are resting injury problems.

14 comments

  • N A? I'm stunned. Maybe the board are hoping for a Gunny Lambert re-enactment.

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    cutty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I just heard Neil Adams is new ncfc manager. If true I think Delia should call it a day!

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    crispycanary

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • His L1 season with us with very good. Loved his goal away at C'chester. What a day that was. Always a big ? over his attitude but seems to have grown up sufficiently to deliver consistently. I hope they go up too as I despise the sh!tty club that that is QPR.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I hope Derby win. 'Arry gets enough media coverage as it is and I really do not want to see him on the BBC every week if QPR are back in the Premiership.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Let go for free, though? As was Jackson.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Martin was lethargic for us, so we had to let him go. I am pleased he seems more motivated now, though I don't think he is Premiership quality and I can envisage him fading away, if Derby get promoted.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Bluelight that is the impression I got from watching C Martin playing at City but perhaps he should have been out on loan and not given away. More forceful Managers have obviously shown him the way to go.

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    goldie

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • How many of those 25 + 34 goals did he score in the Premier League, Outside the Box? If you are counting goals scored in other leagues then Rip Van Winkle has actually scored a reasonable number over a similar period too.

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    Chip20

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • In that case, bluelight, your opinion is worthless. Steve McClaren didn't rate Martin slow and lazy and the result is 25 goals this season, to add to the 34 he scored for Norwich. Just a few more than Rip Van Winkle.

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    Outside The Box

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I don't really care about old City players, I just want to know who our manager is going to be. Its getting on for a week over the self imposed deadline and I'm starting to get annoyed now. Please put us out of our misery.

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    lordbesty

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • like you powers i cant see what interest this article holds for us.never was a chris martin fan he was to slow and lazy in my opinion.

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    bluelight

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • I wasn't impressed that Martin was sold and I wish him all the best at Derby. However, he is no longer playing for us so this article is pointless. We want to know what's happening at OUR club, not Derby. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Good luck to Derby and to Chris Martin, I am sure Norwich done him a favour in letting him go as he was at the last chance saloon, a shame if we actually let him go for free. However, it does go to show that there is home grown talent out there, we just have to be brave enough to give them a go. Lets hope, whoever the new manager is that players such as the Murphy twins,Rudd, Loza etc are given a chance to prove what they can do for us.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Thanks Hughton for giving away Chris Martin for free and blowing 8.5 million on RVW.

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    Kangaroo Court

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

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