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"It's a tougher division than last season" says Joe Martin

5 September 2016

Lions defender gives his post-match assessment following Bradford draw

There are some players who just have a handy knack of scoring against a particular team - there is no logic to it, it just happens.

Joe Martin, it seems, could prove to be one of them as Millwall's left-back hit a super strike against Bradford City for his second goal in successive games against the Bantams in Saturday's 1-1 draw at The Den.

Defender Joe, who hit a peach of a free-kick for Neil Harris' side in the League One Play-Off first leg at Valley Parade in May, added to his repertoire with a first-time drive from the edge of the area that flew into the back of the net and cancelled out the visitors' lead.

Whilst delighted at bagging his fourth goal in a Millwall shirt, the 27-year-old was equally pleased to have secured a point that moved the team up to fourth in the table.

Speaking to the assembled press after Saturday's game, Joe said: "I always do the same thing – when the ball comes into the box I try to get on the edge and sometimes nick a goal. Luckily it fell perfectly, I took a swing with the right peg and it went in.

"In the first half Bradford showed they are a decent team, but at half-time the gaffer put it into us that we had to set the tempo and when we do that the fans get on our side.

"It's very difficult for the other team to get out when we pin them in, which we did for a lot of the game.

"I am slightly disappointed we didn't get all three points – we had three good chances that they either made good blocks or saves. We still haven't lost at home though, and they were second in the league before Saturday. It wasn't the worst point.

"I'd definitely say Bradford are in the mix. We've put ourselves up there. It's a strong league – on paper at the start you would probably say it is tougher than last year. There are a lot of good sides that have got a bit of money. I'm sure they will be up there, like us."

After a jam-packed opening four weeks to the campaign that has seen The Lions play nine games, five of which have been on the road, Joe and his team-mates have the luxury of a first 'blank' midweek since the season started.

"It is a bit of a relief not to have another game in midweek where we can get injuries," he added. "We can have a bit of recovery and then be ready for Coventry at home this Saturday."

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