CHRIS Martin says Derby County never lost belief that they could turn things around in Tuesday night’s dramatic victory over Yeovil Town.
The Rams battled back from two goals down to claim a last-gasp 3-2 win at the iPro Stadium.
Patrick Bamford halved the deficit early in the second half but second-from-bottom Yeovil still led until the 86th minute, when Craig Bryson levelled.
Then, as the game entered a fifth minute of stoppage time, Martin headed in Bryson’s free kick to further strengthen Derby’s place in the Championship play-off zone.
“It was a hell of a ball from Bryso, straight onto my head, and I didn’t have to do anything with it except guide it into the goal,” said Martin.
“Just before the free kick, Sammo (Conor Sammon) said we just needed one more chance and that proved to be the case.”
Derby have previously shown their power of recovery this season, coming back from 4-1 down at half-time to draw 4-4 with Ipswich Town and hitting five second-half goals against Blackpool to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 5-1 victory.
They have also hit late winners against Watford and Middlesbrough and, as recently as Saturday, netted an 86th-minute equaliser to earn a point at Blackburn.
“There was a belief that we could still win the game in the dressing room at half-time,” said Martin.
“The manager was quite calm and he said he thought we could score three goals against them - and I think we believed that, as a team.
“We’d obviously done it before and a few of the lads mentioned that.
“We took belief from that and it stood us in good stead.”
Derby had 36 shots on goal in total against Yeovil – three of which hit the woodwork.
“It was a frustrating game, in terms of the chances that we missed,” said Martin, who now has 16 goals for the season.
“We thought maybe it was going to be one of those nights but we showed good character and spirit to keep going.
“I think we’ve got that bit of quality in the squad and, luckily, we managed to nick it in the end.
“I missed a few chances myself and it wasn’t my best of games.
“We hit the woodwork a few times and I’m told we had 36 shots in total – so to only score three goals says a little something about our finishing.”s