Martin so ea­ger to build on Scot goal

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Adam Di­a­mond

FRESH from scor­ing his maiden in­ter­na­tional goal for Scot­land, Derby County striker Chris Martin has now trained his sights on beat­ing Wolves this week­end.

The Rams were in fine form be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break, un­beaten in five games stretch­ing back to the start of Septem­ber and start­ing to set­tle into life un­der new boss Paul Cle­ment.

Martin, 26, then went to link up with the Scot­land na­tional side and opened his ac­count in their 6-0 drub­bing of min­nows Gi­bral­tar last Sun­day.

And the front man – who now has five goals this sea­son to his name – is con­fi­dent there are plenty more to come.

“It was sat­is­fy­ing to get my first goal for Scot­land and hope­fully it will be the first of many,” he said.

“It was a spe­cial feel­ing and a re­lief in some ways to get that goal; I am sure it bodes well for both club and coun­try.

“In gen­eral it was pleas­ing, but I’m back at Derby now and look­ing for­ward to this week­end’s game against Wolves.

“I want to carry on where I left off be­fore the break. I got a goal against Brent­ford and that was a good way to sign off. When you score you take that con­fi­dence into the next game.”

The good news for Cle­ment is that Ja­son Shack­ell and Bradley John­son, both in­jured dur­ing the 2-0 win against Brent­ford prior to the in­ter­na­tional break, are fit to re­turn.

For Wolves, de­fender Ethan Ebanks-Lan­dell is out for up to a month with a bro­ken foot, but mid­fielder Dave Ed­wards is ex­pected to be in the squad af­ter help­ing Wales qual­ify for Euro 2016.

On their last trip to the iPro Sta­dium, Kenny Jack­ett’s side were put to the sword in a 5-0 ham­mer­ing, but de­fender Danny Batth in­sists there is no dan­ger of his­tory re­peat­ing it­self.

“It’s not an easy place to go by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion,” he said.“We were not happy with our­selves last time and will be look­ing to go there, with a fresh game and a fresh start, and try to get a pos­i­tive re­sult.”

KEY MAN CHRIS MARTIN Derby

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