Martin’s delighted with Dons’ Championship start

David Martin PNL-150823-090952002
David Martin PNL-150823-090952002

Goalkeeper David Martin would have jumped at the chance for his Dons side to take seven points from the opening four Championship games.

Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Reading was their fourth point on the road this season, adding to victories against Rotherham on the opening day and Bolton Wanderers last Tuesday.

With some quarters tipping Dons to go straight back down to League 1 this season, Martin says he’s more than happy with the start the club have made in the second tier.

“If you’d have told us before the season, we’d have taken it,” he said. “First and foremost, we want to stay in the Championship. I know it’s a cliché but we’ve got to take it game by game.

“We kept 22 clean sheets last season, and the majority of our back four played in those games. It shows going into this season that we’ve got that continuity.

“We are happy with the start because it was an unknown for us.

“We’ve had a lot of lads who have Championship experience, but for the club it’s immense.

“But the start doesn’t matter. We want to get to the first 10 games and take it from there, see where we are.”

Martin was the man of the match in the 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium, making some fine stops, including a point blank effort from Hal Robson-Kanu when the rest of the defence stopped expecting the referee’s whistle.

Martin said: “To keep a clean sheet here was great. It wasn’t to be today though.

“The first one was at me, and I’d be disappointed if I didn’t make the rest. It comes with the territory.

“You’ve got to be there when it comes along, and I’ve been a bit busier this year.

“The lads last year were winding me up, saying I had to give my appearance bonus back because I wasn’t earning my money!

“We kept 22 clean sheets last season, and the majority of our back four played in those games. It shows going into this season that we’ve got that continuity.”

And it’s not just his work rate which has increased since moving up to the Championship either.

He said: “Theses are the places you want to be playing football, and you notice it straight away.

“I got off the coach here at Reading, and had about a five minute walk to the changing rooms, when before it might take us 20 seconds.

“Going into games, you realise the step up in quality. The balls coming into the box are better, and the ball itself is even quicker! It’s frightening at times, but so far we’ve stepped up to the plate.

“We’re playing the way we know how, but we’ve had to make changes too. We’re the minnows now.”