Black-eyed Joe set for Millwall's Bantam bout this weekend

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© Millwall FC

JOE Martin has echoed his manager's belief in admitting Millwall weren’t at their best in the 2-0 win over Doncaster on Tuesday night.

The 26-year old has yet to taste defeat in five games in a Lions shirt since making his competitive debut against Northampton in the Football League Trophy following his recovery from an injury suffered in pre-season.

Martin sported a black eye (the result of a knock in a physical encounter at Sheffield United last Saturday) in the press room after Tuesday’s win and admitted to feeling some tiredness after completing his fifth game in the last 21 days after almost three months on the sidelines.

But the defender said he will be fit and ready to face Bradford this Saturday as Millwall look to move into the top six.

“It’s good to be right back into the swing of things,” he said. “I’m tired now but I’ll be alright for Saturday. I’ve just got to do all the right things, the ice baths that are put on and all of that and come Saturday I’ll be good to go.

“The gaffer brought me in in the summer and I knew he’d give me a chance if it came so I just had to be patient and had to get fit in training. We went through a little purple patch as well when we were getting results and we’ve carried that on.

“After we went 2-0 up quite early it was important we didn’t get complacent and kept a clean sheet, which we did. It wasn’t our best performance but three points is the most important thing.”

The former Gillingham player believes Millwall have a “good mix” of older and younger players as they continue to climb up the League One table.

“It’s nice to come into a team like that,” he said. “We’ve won the last four out of five and we’ve got a bit of momentum now.

“It’s a good mix in the dressing room. We’ve got a few older boys like Tony Craig and David Forde and they guide the young players a little bit. And then you’ve got Aiden (O’Brien) and Fred (Onyedinma) playing with freedom so it’s a good mix at the minute with a lot of quality in the dressing room. I think things are looking promising.”

Meanwhile, Millwall's first round FA Cup tie against AFC Fylde has been fixed for Saturday, November 7.

The first ever meeting between the sides will kick off at 3pm.

John Kelly