08:00 Thursday 19 December 2013

Chris Martin says there is plenty of work to be done for Derby County

Written bySTEVE NICHOLSON

TOP MARKS . . . Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett says defender Phil Edwards pictured battling with Derby Countys Chris Martin in pre-season has been in excellent form TOP MARKS . . . Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett says defender Phil Edwards pictured battling with Derby Countys Chris Martin in pre-season has been in excellent form

STRIKER Chris Martin believes the hard work starts now for Derby County.

Victory over Wigan Athletic at the beginning of the month saw Derby climb into the top six of the Championship.

Wins against Middlesbrough, Blackpool and Charlton Athletic have kept them there and they sit fourth ahead of Saturday’s home game against Doncaster Rovers.

They are now a target to be shot at, but Martin says the squad is determined to keep going, and is hungry for success.

“We’re enjoying it at the moment but if we are to be successful there’s plenty more hard to work ahead,” the striker said.

“Nothing is won in December and that is why we cannot afford to get ahead of ourselves.

“The infrastructure is here at Derby County to be successful. The fans are brilliant, we have a top stadium and the training facilities are second to none, so everything is there for us to kick on.

“The hardest part is doing it out there on the field, but at the moment we are doing it.

Martin is top scorer with 13 goals – including five in his last four games.

He is, however, quick to deflect the praise onto his team-mates.

“Skipper Richard Keogh said in an interview a few days ago that we are a hungry group – and we are,” Martin said.

“I think that is key. Every one of us is hungry to do well and be successful.

“When you’ve got that and the belief which we have within the dressing room, you’re onto something.”

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