Crewe defender Carl Martin boosted by run of starts

Crewe Alexandra defender Carl Martin
Carl Martin joined Crewe from non-league Wealdstone in October 2009

Defender Carl Martin is determined to continue proving his fitness to everyone at Crewe this season.

Injury prevented the former Wealdstone man from playing any football for the Alex in League Two in 2010/11.

However the 24-year-old has started the last nine league games and he told BBC Radio Stoke: "Playing 90 minutes every week has been a massive boost.

"I can't say I'm not going to get injured, it's part and parcel of the game, so I haven't cracked it yet."

He continued: "Psychologically you come off at the end of a game knowing you can do it, and then you do it again the next week. It just keeps building for you."

Martin has helped Crewe take 13 points from the last six matches and believes the Alex have responded well after a poor start to the campaign, which saw them lose their opening four league games.

"We know that we started slowly," he said. "A lot of players left in the summer and we didn't bring many in, but obviously the manager had faith in the ones that he kept.

"We're starting to build a bit of momentum now and it's all starting to come together."

BBC Radio Stoke will have live commentary of Dagenham & Redbridge v Crewe from 1500 BST on Saturday, 1 October.

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