Martin so eager to build on Scot goal
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.”
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