CHRIS Martin was a relieved man after sealing Derby County's passage into the second round of the Capital One Cup at Carlisle, writes Steve Nicholson.
Martin's goal, in the third minute of added time, secured a 2-0 victory for the Rams in Cumbria on Monday night.
It was his first of the season, having notched 25 last term, but the striker felt he should have settled the tie much earlier.
"I don't think it was our best performance – and I take bit of responsibility for that, personally, because I could have eased the pressure on the lads if I'd taken some of the chances I missed," he said.
"That would have made things a bit more simple for us but, instead, we had to wait until very late to get the game secured, which we were a little bit disappointed about.
"That's one of the worst nights I've had in front of goal for a while. I'll go away and, hopefully, won't let it happen again."
Jeff Hendrick headed Derby in front shortly after the hour before Martin struck in the closing moments, converting Johnny Russell's cross.
"It was a relief, I suppose," he said.
"It was a hell of a ball in from Johnny. I just needed to get a touch and, luckily, I managed to do that.
"But the game should have been put to bed – by me – long before that."
Martin paid tribute to the Rams back line, who claimed a second successive clean sheet.
"I thought we defended fantastically, like we did against Rotherham," he said.
"We knew it was going to be a tough tie – a potential banana skin.
"You usually see a lot of upsets at this stage of the competition, so the positive thing for us is we're in the next round."
Rams boss Steve McClaren named a strong side – only making two changes to the team that beat Rotherham in Saturday's Championship opener – Whitbread allowing Jake Buxton to rest his hip problem and Jamie Ward coming in for Johnny Russell.
"It can be tricky coming up against these teams from the lower divisions and I think it was a good move from the manager to play a strong team," said Martin.
"It shows the importance of the cup for us. We want to go on a cup run and it breeds confidence."
"We want to play as many games as possible."