Martin says that three points against Brentford will lift Derby

Derby County striker Chris Martin predicts that the Rams will build on last weekend's 3-1 win over Brentford.


Derby County striker Chris Martin has told the club's official website that their 3-1 victory over Brentford can act as the catalyst towards a bid for automatic promotion.


As the game entered the closing stages, it appeared that caretaker boss Darren Wassall would lose his second successive game in charge as the Rams trailed to a second-half effort from Alan Judge.


However, Derby launched an unlikely fightback as goals from Jeff Hendrick, Cyrus Christie and Martin earned the East Midlands outfit a priceless three points on the road.


Ahead of the match at Griffin Park, Derby had not won in eight Championship fixtures, but now that they have finally returned to winning ways, Martin is backing his team to put together a sustained run of results to keep them in contention for a top-two position.


Martin said: "We’ve been in a sticky patch in the last few weeks so it was great to get all three points. Make no bones about it, although we scored in the last ten minutes, we deserved to win and created a number of chances.

"The boss mentioned in the dressing room afterwards just how pleased he was with the spirit and the way we pushed on. The win is a step on the journey of turning our run of form around. We have fourteen games left now and this result can really galvanise the group.

“The teams above us are in a stronger position, obviously, but the Championship is a funny old league and we’re not dead and buried just yet.”

Martin has previously spoken about failing to contribute to the team in the past two months, with the Scottish international having gone 12 games without scoring a goal.

However, now that he has finally reached double figures for the season, he will be looking to move nearer the 20-goal mark before the end of the campaign.

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