Left-back determined to work his way in after Lions bow
Millwall defender Joe Martin is hoping for more match action after making his debut for the club in Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory over Northampton Town.
The left-back moved to The Den in the summer but suffered an ill-timed ankle injury before the first game of the season which had left him sidelined since the start of August.
But Martin, 26, is back to full fitness and is looking to build on a 'steady' first appearance in Millwall colours.
"I was delighted to get my first 90 minutes," he said. "Hopefully it will stand me in good stead for the next couple weeks of training.
"(The injury) was one of those things. It was a bit unlucky but that happens in football. It was massively disappointing coming to a new club because I wanted to get in the team early but I'm fit now and I've been training for a couple of weeks.
"I had a steady game (against Northampton). I felt a little bit rusty at times but that 90 minutes will do me wonders for the next couple of weeks and I was just happy that we got the win, which was the main thing."
Martin's next objective is to work his way into the manager's thinking for a regular starting berth but he is not underestimating the task at hand.
"If the boys are playing well and we're winning then you can't expect that you go straight into the team, especially when I haven't played much football," he added.
"I've just got to use the training to do my best and hopefully I'll get an opportunity to stake my claim.
"There is still a lot of games and I think it will be a successful season this year so if I can get in the team it will be great and we can kick on."
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