Hull City

Martin: Let’s Build Some Momentum

14 September 2018
Chris Martin wants to see the Tigers build some momentum in the upcoming busy period after the international break, starting with Saturday’s home game against Ipswich Town.

After picking up four points from the first six games of the season, Nigel Adkins’ side return to league action against the Tractor Boys in what is the first of three games in the space of seven days.

Back-to-back away trips to Wigan Athletic and Reading follow this weekend’s clash at the KCOM Stadium and Martin insists he and his new team-mates are ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

“There are a lot of games coming up and we play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday now the first international break of the season is over,” he said. “That’s what the Championship is all about.

“This little series of games is going to be tough, but we should be going into each of the next three matches feeling confident and looking to pick up points.

“We should take plenty of confidence from the manner in which we performed against Derby, who are a very good side, last time out.

“A big thing in this league is momentum and if we can build some momentum over the next week by stringing a few positive results together, our position will look much healthier.

“The overall picture of the league table doesn’t settle down for another month or so, so there is still time for us to pick up some positive results in order to move up the table.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up and we’ve got to make sure that game-by-game we are ready, but it’s important that we start this run off on a positive note by getting what would be an important win against Ipswich on Saturday.”

The recent two-week break in domestic action has provided Martin with the perfect opportunity to settle into his new surroundings following his deadline day loan switch from Derby County, with the 29-year-old front-man now focused on hitting the ground running in black and amber.

“It’s been easy to settle in here,” he added. “It’s a really good group here and because of that it actually feels as though I’ve been here for quite a while – a lot more than two weeks anyway! Hopefully, that bodes well for the future and I can now make a real impact on the pitch.

“Saturday’s game is one that everyone in the camp is looking forward to and one that we should be going into with the sole aim of trying to win.

“Getting our first home win of the season would only breed confidence moving forward and if we can achieve that and get the three points, it would be massive for us going into what is a busy week.”