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Martinez: Confidence Is Growing

13 December 2012

Midfielder Looking To Keep Unbeaten Run Going

Angel Martinez was handed his first start under manager Michael Appleton in last Saturday's 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace and the midfielder is now keen for more action.

The 26-year-old is enjoying playing under the new manager and like the rest of the squad is aiming to start turning draws into wins, starting this Saturday at home to Blackburn Rovers.

"I think confidence is better and we are more confident with the fitness," said Martinez.
"We know what the manager wants and I think the team will be ready and strong and the second half of the season we will start climbing the table.

"I'm working hard every day and I am ready."

The midfielder was delighted to start the match last week and believes the character shown to come from behind once again is something that will stand the team in good stead going into the busy Christmas period.

"It was a difficult match as it was a team at the top of the table in a difficult stadium.

"The team was very good, we scored first but then conceded two goals too easily, but the reaction in the last minutes was very good. Now we have to win this Saturday and get more points."

Chris Basham returns from suspension this weekend and Martinez believes the return of his team mate will create a healthy battle for places in the midfield.

"The good thing is we have a lot of competition in the team and the gaffer has the options of playing more than one style, whether it's defending or attacking and I think this is very good. 

"When the manager has some difficult decisions to make this is good as he has to choose the right formation every match for the benefit of the team."

It's not just those who start who have made an impact and in the past couple of weeks Nouha Dicko has come on to score vital goals for The Seasiders.

After last week's strike the forward celebrated in exuberant fashion by running the length of the pitch and it was something that Martinez found quite amusing.

"It was funny! He's a good lad and he always wants to score goals. 

"It was a special match and he was on the bench so I think the explosion of the feelings meant he ran over to the supporters and it was something we enjoyed. I think the moment made him go crazy!"

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