CHRIS MARTIN has issued a battlecry to his Scotland teammates ahead of their crunch tie tomorrow against Slovenia. The striker, who was influential in the 89th OG from Martin Skrtel, has told the Scots to ‘finish the job’.

The 28-year-old was the target of a cross from Anya before Skrtel bundled the ball passed the seemingly impenetrable Dubravka. However, the lofty frontman wasn’t dwelling too much on his success from Thursday but was looking forward.

“It would be nice to finish it all off. I’m sure I’ll dream about it between now and then. But everyone has contributed and I’m not going to try and claim the credit for what has been done here. Everyone has played their part, no matter big or small. Ultimately, though, we haven’t done anything yet. There is a massive game left and we need to make sure we get the result.”

The Derby County striker came on for James Forrest after 60 minutes and hit the bar with a stunning effort but admitted his role in the late goal was less significant than may have been initially suggested.

“I was trying to claim the goal a little bit in the dressing-room when I saw the lads, but I was a bit away from it. I tried to put a bit of pressure on at the near stick and, fortunately for us, he has put it into his own net.”


Martin, who was born in Suffolk and qualifies through his Glasgow-born father, was confident that Scotland’s tenacity would shine through and they would be rewarded with a goal.
“When I came on, I always felt involved and always felt there were chances in the game.
“I always felt confident. We were getting plenty of ball forward and we were in and around their box. “The key is we kept believing. We worked very hard in this campaign to get to a point like this and we didn’t want to throw it away.

“That belief and character kept us going. It seems a bit fortunate with the timing of the goal, but we fully deserved the result.”


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