Gary Bowyer stresses the importance of Chris Martin for Derby County

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Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer has suggested Derby County have missed the presence and impact of Chris Martin.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer stressed the importance of the returning Chris Martin for Derby County, on talkSPORT.

Bowyer was quizzed over the fight for good positions at the top of the Championship table and suggested that the forward is going to be key for the Rams.

“Chris Martin you know has been massive for them, they’ve missed him but now he’s back, you can see the difference he made (against Wigan),” said Bowyer.

Martin scored against Wigan in the 2-0 win earlier this week and has given himself some momentum looking ahead to the next game against Brentford.

He’s played twice since picking up a problem in mid-February, but now has a chance to make a real difference to the side over the rest of the season.

He offers Steve McClaren a versatile option up front and has already formed a very good relationship alongside Darren Bent in the Derby attack.

Martin is capable of harassing an opposition defence and playing on the shoulder, but he can also play that target man role and is subtle enough to drop off from the attack to pick up the ball in midfield.

The key is keeping him fit for the rest of the season and then ensuring that he’s fit and able to make a difference in the play-offs, which seems the most likely entry route into the Premier League for the side.

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