Chris Martin aiming to settle quick as he gets first 45 minutes up front for Derby County
NEW signing Chris Martin was impressed with what he saw from Derby County on his debut at Watford – despite the Rams slipping to their 10th away defeat of the season.
Martin, who joined the Rams on Friday on an initial month-long loan from Premier League side Norwich City, started on the bench at Vicarage Road.
The striker was introduced at half-time, replacing Michael Jacobs, but ended on the losing side as the Hornets triumphed 2-1 to climb into the automatic promotion places.
"It surprised me slightly that I got as long as I did," said Martin. "I thought I might just get about 20 minutes towards the end.
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"It was nice to get my first game for the club, although I'm a bit disappointed about the result.
"I thought we were unlucky not to come away with something from the game.
"I felt that our second-half performance was pretty good and the first half wasn't bad either."
Matej Vydra, the Championship's player of the month for January, put Watford ahead 10 minutes before half-time with his 20th goal of the season.
Defender Joel Ekstrand added a second in the 68th minute and although Jamie Ward halved the deficit from the penalty spot shortly afterwards, Derby were unable to find an equaliser.
"They played some good stuff but I was also impressed with the way we played and the way we put pressure on them," said Martin.
"Obviously, Watford are flying this season and they've gone up to second in the table.
"They score a hell of a lot of goals but it was disappointing the way we gave the goals away, especially the second one because we were right in the game at that point.
"That was perhaps the turning point, although we managed to get one back and put them under a lot of pressure towards the end.
"I thought we could have got a draw out of the game."
Martin formed a three-pronged attack along with Ward and Conor Sammon, who was later replaced by Mason Bennett.
"My instructions from the manager were to get us back in the game – hold the ball up and create something or go and get a goal," said Martin.
"We played with three strikers up front and I think it caused them problems. We pressed them high up the pitch and got the ball forward nice and early.
"We played some good stuff and I thought we were unlucky not to get more than one goal."
Martin is hoping to help the Rams get back to winning ways during his stay with the club – wherever he is asked to play.
He added: "I've played in a lot of different roles over the course of my career – on the left, right or centre in a front three, in a front two or just off the main striker.
"It's just a case of bedding in as quickly as I can and try to contribute straight away.
"You want to help the team as much as you can.
"If I can manage to do that, it doesn't matter where I play in the formation."