Chris has some qualities we don't already have in the team, says Clough
CHRIS Martin's ability to hold the ball up front is something Derby County have been lacking, according to manager Nigel Clough.
Clough has brought the 24-year-old striker in on loan from Norwich City for a month following the departure of Theo Robinson to Huddersfield Town.
Martin was named among the substitutes at Watford on Saturday and made his debut in the second half.
He replaced Michael Jacobs at the break and Clough was pleased with Martin's contribution.
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"He can play, the lad, and he has some qualities which we don't have in our team at the moment," said Clough.
"He is in there primarily to hold the ball up, which he did most of the time he was on.
"That is something we are lacking in our forwards at the moment, somebody to get hold of the ball and bring our midfielders into play.
"He did that quite well when he came on."
Martin played against Derby for Norwich and Crystal Palace in the past and he has scored in all his four appearances against the Rams.
"We have liked him for a couple of years," said Clough.
"He can play anywhere in a front two and wide midfield as well.
"We have only seen him for half-an-hour in training on Friday and now 45 minutes against Watford and we are pleased with what we have seen so far."
Conor Sammon started the game up front in a three with Jamie Ward and Michael Jacobs.
Sammon moved to the right of the three when Martin came on and was then replaced by Mason Bennett after 72 minutes.
Clough said the switch was tactical.
"Conor wasn't too good, so we gave Mason a go," added the manager.
Sammon has scored seven goals in 35 appearances since his move from Wigan Athletic in the summer but he is without a goal in nine matches.