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Martin looking to "make a difference" in crucial run-in period

Goalkeeper summarises mood around camp ahead of Brentford meeting

18 April 2019

Dave Martin says the Millwall squad are fully focused on the most crucial stage of the Sky Bet Championship season as London rivals Brentford visit The Den this Good Friday (kick-off 1pm).

Martin has highlighted the need to take the last five games of the campaign one at a time, claiming the full concentration of the camp is solely on Friday’s contest – one of three massive matches remaining on home turf.

“In our last five games, we know we have a job to do and it’s just about getting that next win, that next point and taking ourselves up and clear of the relegation zone,” Martin said when speaking to millwallfc.co.uk.

“They’re all huge, I know it’s a cliché that you have to take it one game at a time, but Brentford is the main thing on everyone’s mind right now.

“All we can think and talk about is football, it’s part of your life. Going into the game on Friday is going to mean everything to us.”

The goalkeeper explains that the team must continue to approach the remaining fixtures with confidence, a factor he claims to have been key in earning last Saturday’s point at Sheffield United.

“Coming into the games, they’re all massive now so you have to be focused.

“We’re going into games now feeling confident. I thought last Saturday was tough, but still went into it thinking we could get something. We got more into the game the longer that it went on, and we proved that at the end.

“Obviously, Sheffield United are a very good team who had a lot of the ball. We went there to do a job on them, and we frustrated them with the gaffer’s new formation which worked well. They were perhaps a bit fortunate in the way they got the goal, but they looked to hang onto that, we were confident to have a go at them and we got a reward in the end.”

Following Jake Cooper’s dramatic late leveller at Bramall Lane, Martin highlights what a difference the result could make to The Lions’ season – as well as touching on his 100-yard sprint to join in the chaotic celebrations in front of the travelling fans.

“Of course, every point is vital with where we are at the moment. A lot of people wrote us off, and to get a point at promotion contenders was a massive result.

“When the [equaliser] went in, I first ran to the halfway line to celebrate with Pearcey [Alex Pearce]. He was still concentrated and wasn’t celebrating too much, so I had no one to celebrate with!

“I thought then I might as well sprint to the other end before the celebrations ended, which I was feeling afterwards because I was definitely blowing a bit!”

The 33-year-old’s first appearance of the season came in what was arguably a turning point for Neil Harris’ men – last month’s 2-0 victory at Birmingham City – and the stopper has maintained his place in the side ever since.

“It was a bit unexpected I’ll admit, but I’ve loved being in the mix,” Martin says.

“It is a pressure situation coming in at this stage of the season having not played for so long, but I just want to be there for the team really, if I can help in any way, shape or form.

“Hopefully I can make a difference and can keep doing that until anyone tells me otherwise.”


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