On-loan striker Chris Martin is hoping to get on the scoresheet against one of his former clubs, Crystal Palace
CHRIS Martin is hoping to keep us his scoring record at Pride Park Stadium against his old team-mates tonight.
The striker is in line to make his home debut for Derby County following his loan move from Norwich City – as they take on his former club Crystal Palace.
The 24-year-old has netted on both of his previous visits to Pride Park – for Palace last season and for Norwich in December 2010.
Martin scored twice against the Rams last term – also finding the target in the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.
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He said: "I scored in both games against Derby for Palace last season, so I'll be hoping to return the favour!
"I'm looking forward to playing at Pride Park. It's a great stadium and I've played there a few times before. I've managed to get on the scoresheet a couple of times there, too, so I'm hoping that run continues.
"I scored there for Palace last season (the Rams won 3-2) and I scored a header for Norwich in a 2-1 win, so I'm two in two – and if I can keep that ratio up, I'll be very happy!"
Martin knows all about the attacking threat posed by promotion-chasing Palace, having played alongside the likes of England international Wilfried Zaha – back on loan with the Eagles following his big money move to Manchester United – and hot-shot Glenn Murray, who has 28 goals in 32 games this season.
"Palace have been going very well this season," said Martin.
"They are a team I know well and they've got a lot of talented players.
"Glenn Murray is on fire up top, so they've got some people that we've obviously got to keep quiet.
"I played with Zaha, (highly-rated defender) Jonny Williams and Glenn Murray. They've added (Yannick) Bolassie, who looks very good and sharp this season.
"I think everyone knew when I was there that Zaha was being linked with a lot of big clubs.
"He is some talent and good luck to him. He's got his move to Manchester United and I'm sure he'll go on and do well for them.
"So they've got some very good players, like most Championship teams nowadays.
"As I say, we've got to try to keep their good players quiet, which will be difficult, but we've got to focus on our own game and on putting in a good performance."
Martin made his first Derby appearance in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Watford, coming on as a half-time substitute.
Despite ending up on the losing side, he was impressed with what he saw from his new team-mates.
"If we put in a similar performance to the one at Watford, there's no reason why we can't get a positive result against Palace," he added.