Roeder message to Martin: Improve or go
Chris Lakey Teenage striker Chris Martin has been told to shape up - or face being shipped out of Carrow Road.
Teenage striker Chris Martin has been told to shape up - or face being shipped out of Carrow Road.
The 19-year-old Canaries striker was guilty of missing a sitter just 40 seconds into Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup third round draw with League Two strugglers Bury.
And now manager Glenn Roeder has warned Martin, who broke into the first team with a flurry of goals less than a year ago, that he has work to do if he is to be a part of City's future.
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“I think that we could see quite clearly from Chris' performance, although he was trying his hardest, he's way short of match fitness and was off the pace of the game and he needs to play more games,” said Roeder, whose team now face a tricky replay at Gigg Lane in eight days time.
“There hasn't been a lot of reserve team football in the past month, but we have got a few games before the end of January which he will play in and we need to keep working hard on his physical fitness.
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“And he needs to buy into that - because he will be working morning and afternoon. We need to get some weight off him as well. And if he wants to have a future here that's what he has got to do.”
Had Martin scored it could have been a very different story, but he wasn't the only guilty party as City blew chance after chance before Andy Bishop put Bury ahead, only for defender Gary Doherty to earn City a replay with his first goal in more than two years.
The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will be made today at 1.30pm, live on BBC 2 and BBC Radio Five Live. The number for Norwich City or Bury's ball is 32.