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Derby County striker Chris Martin closes in on his opening goal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 18, 2013

NUMBER ONE GOAL . . . Derby County striker Chris Martin has targetted double figures by the end of the year

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DERBY County top scorer Chris Martin is on target to reach his first personal target of the season.

Martin has eight goals in all competitions for the Rams this term, giving the striker a good chance of reaching double figures by the end of the year.

“I think you can’t look too far ahead and just need to set small targets,” said the 25-year-old front man.

“So I’ll be looking to get into double figures as soon as possible and then take it from there.

“I just want to score every week. I think every striker would tell you that.

“If you’re Ronaldo, you can do it – but not many of us can!

“I’ll keep plugging away and as long as the team play like we have been, I think I’ll get chances.

“And if I get chances, I’ve got to back myself to score more than I don’t.”

Martin was on target in the 3-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday – his first goal for over a month.

The summer signing from Norwich City admitted he had been getting a bit frustrated.

“Eight goals so far is not too bad a return – I would have liked a few more,” he said.

“I’ve been a little bit frustrated for the last few of weeks that I’d not really got on the end of anything.

“Hopefully, now I can go on a little run and kick on.”

Martin only managed three goals in 28 outings last season, for Norwich and on loan at Swindon Town and Derby.

This term, he is keen to emulate his 2009-10 campaign, when he scored 23 times for Norwich, who were in League One at the time.

Under new Rams head coach Steve McClaren, Martin has been leading the line through the middle, with support coming from two wide men and midfield runners in the form of Craig Bryson and Will Hughes.

Derby are currently the leading scorers in the Championship, with 29 goals from 15 games.

“The system does change things slightly for me, because you have not got a partner – someone close to you,” said Martin.

“But in Will Hughes and Craig Bryson, I’m getting a lot of support at the moment.

“And with Dawks (Simon Dawkins) and Wardy (Jamie Ward) coming in from the wings, sometimes I end up getting even more support in that formation than you have in a two.

“That’s the way the manager wants to play.

“In the second half against Sheffield Wednesday, with Bryso and Will bursting forward, we caused them massive problems.

“The midfield runners were getting free every time and they couldn’t track them.

“As long as we can get the support up there and the bodies in the box, I’m sure it can work.”

Martin has been troubled by a back problem in recent weeks but it has not kept him out of any matches so far.

“It’s still not 100 per cent, but it’s nothing that is going to stop me from playing,” he said.

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