Chris Martin: Derby County still chasing top two - Martin

Chris Martin (right) is congratulated after scoring Derby County's opening goal against Wigan Athletic
Martin has become a key figure in Derby's style of play and has also scored 20 goals this season

Fit-again Derby County striker Chris Martin hopes their first victory in eight games can revitalise their automatic promotion challenge.

The Rams were a point off top spot in the Championship after Martin was injured in the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth in February.

But the 26-year-old's absence coincided with a run of two wins in ten until he scored in Saturday's win at Wigan.

"Hopefully this gives us a little bit of momentum," he told BBC Radio Derby.

Derby are now back up to fifth place in the table, five points adrift of the top two with five games to go.

"It's been difficult for us as players and for those watching, but it can galvanise you and the fans have been magnificent," he added. "Hopefully this kicks us on and we can finish the season really strongly."

Martin's goal against the Latics was his 20th of the season.

"It's been a little time coming with the eight weeks out," he said. "I am delighted to get 20 goals again, but it's a milestone for other people more than me.

"I want to be contributing to winning performances and being successful as a side, it doesn't matter about personal glory.

"It's imperative we look forward and try to chase the teams down and don't look over our shoulder.

"We need to try to win every game and see where it takes us. It's boring but that's how it has to be."

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