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Posted Wednesday, September 16th 2020

Martin hails squad mentality behind cup win

Chris Martin saw a performance full of “attitude and desire” in Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Northampton Town.

Martin headed City into a first-half lead – grabbing his first goal for the club - before the Robins stepped up the gears to brush the Cobblers aside with goals from Antoine Semenyo and Kasey Palmer.

The forward believes tonight’s squad, which consisted of nine new faces in the starting XI from last Saturday, has given Head Coach Dean Holden food for thought ahead of Sunday’s trip to Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship.

Giving the head coach a selection 'problem'

“That was exactly the plan for the nine lads that came in, to try and get into the team,” Martin said. “That’s what the manager said to us and after that performance, attitude and desire in both boxes shown, we have given him (Holden) a little bit of a headache for Sunday.

“That’s all we can be asked for and from one to 11 tonight it was a really good performance, so we go home happy.

“They have a real hunger for it,” he added, reflecting on some of the younger members of the team. “I’ve been impressed with their game management, knowing when to quicken the game up, slow things down and they are showing experience beyond their years. These games can be a potential banana skin as we’ve seen across the years, but with the right attitude, application and focus, we showed today there was only ever going to be one winner.”

Building momentum

City have now made it three wins from all three games in the 2020/21 season so far, ahead of Sunday’s trip to the bet365 Stadium.

“I’m delighted we have kept the momentum going after a really good start this season. That’s three wins from three and we look to take that form into a tough game on Sunday,” he said.

Martin also reflected on the team losing captain Tomas Kalas early on, who had to leave the field with his arm in a makeshift sling after just five minutes. He suffered a shoulder injury and Taylor Moore was brought on to replace him in the back three. Martin said City had to “earn the right” to play after the incident, but he was encouraged by the team’s response.

He added: “Northampton competed well, we stood up to it and even with the skipper coming off we dealt with it well. Taylor did well when he came on, he adjusted and we put bodies on the line. We showed a really good attitude throughout and we got our rewards from that.”

Watch: Chris Martin post-Northampton Town interview

 

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