Norwich City striker Martin keen to keep run going

PUBLISHED: 10:49 05 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:34 10 September 2010

David Cuffley

Striker Chris Martin has no desire to take a breather as revitalised Norwich City prepare for their fourth match in 11 days.

Martin's fourth goal of the season set the Canaries on course for a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Bristol Rovers at Carrow Road, a result that took them up to seventh place in League One.

Striker Chris Martin has no desire to take a breather as revitalised Norwich City prepare for their fourth match in 11 days.

Martin's fourth goal of the season set the Canaries on course for a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Bristol Rovers at Carrow Road, a result that took them up to seventh place in League One.

The 20-year-old has scored in all but one of his last five senior outings and is keen to add to his tally in tomorrow's Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie at Gillingham (7.30pm).

“Every footballer wants to play as much as possible and I'm the same,” said Martin, who took just eight minutes to get on the scoresheet against Rovers with a superb free-kick - and had a goal disallowed just two minutes later.

“I feel good. I feel fit. I suppose I haven't played a lot of games so I'm not as sharp as I perhaps could be but in terms of everything else I feel good.”

Martin scored against Scunthorpe at Wembley when Luton won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in April and it was his goal against Brentford last month that put City into round two.

“I think if you ask all the lads in the dressing room they all want to go to Wembley,” he said. “It might be a one-off chance to get to Wembley so I'm sure all the lads will be fighting hard to try to win the game on Tuesday and progress through the rounds.

“Although there are people who probably thought that it's not a very big trophy to win, that it's one of the smaller ones in the country, if you can get to Wembley it then becomes a massive trophy to win. The closer you get to the final, the bigger it becomes.”

City visit Gillingham for the second time in 11 days after fighting back with 10 men to earn a 1-1 draw in League One, a game Martin watched from the bench.

He said: “I think we want to go down there and give the same account of ourselves as we did in the first 20 minutes when we had eleven men.

“I think we were unlucky to go down to 10 men so it would be nice to see how it pans out when it's eleven against eleven for the whole game.”

Martin admitted he could have had his first City hat-trick on Saturday after getting ball in the net again - only to be penalised by referee Andy Hall for handball - then putting two headers off target.

“I always back myself to score as most strikers should, I suppose, but I've been lucky enough to get the chances when I've come on and popped them in. As long as I keep getting chances, I fancy myself to score,” he said.

“I could have had even more, I had so many chances. I was disappointed to get only the one, I suppose.

“I didn't think it was handball. I thought it came off my stomach and I swivelled on it and popped it in the bottom corner. I thought it was a bit harsh, to say the least.”

Martin, who came off the bench to score the opening goal in last Tuesday's 4-0 home win over Leyton Orient, believes City's class is beginning to show through after a poor start to the season.

He said: “All the lads are buzzing. It's a great atmosphere. Everyone's pulling together and trying to achieve the same goal and I think over the last few weeks we've showed our quality.”

Manager Paul Lambert said Martin had earned his first start since the 2-1 defeat at MK Dons, when he scored but also conceded a controversial penalty.

“If I think lads are going to win a game for us, I'll play them,” said Lambert. “It's not about accommodating people. The team I try to pick is the team I think will win a football match, and Chrissy Martin came on the other night, scored a terrific goal, deserved a chance at it.”

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