Defender Martin: There are not too many clubs like Millwall

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JOE Martin believes Millwall are a unique club as he reflected on his career at The Den so far following his summer move from Gillingham. 

The 26-year-old, who missed the first 13 games of the season through injury but is unbeaten in his first five appearances, says he was struck by the level of the squad when he first arrived.

Martin is convinced the quality the dressing room and the performances demanded by supporters will help ensure the Lions are in contention for promotion in a season made more intense by the international breaks.

The defender revealed he is enjoying his time at Millwall as they prepare to welcome Bradford to The Den this weekend.

“It’s just got that proper London club feel to it,” Martin said. “There are not too many clubs like Millwall. I’m really enjoining playing here at the moment. The atmosphere is really good and if we can keep building momentum the crowds will get bigger and bigger and hopefully get behind us to make it a difficult place to come.

“You know playing for Millwall you’ve got to be up for playing in every game. The fans won’t take anything less.

“It’s a good dressing room, everyone is up for every game. There are good lads in there, which is what you need. There’s no bad eggs that you can get in some dressing rooms.

“When I came in pre-season I looked at the quality of some of the players and thought we’d have a really good chance of going up. The play-offs if need be, but we’re aiming higher.

“The quality is there in the squad and we’ve lots of players with experience in the Championship.

“If we can keep everyone fit and healthy we’ll be there or thereabouts.

“With the international breaks it’s given us more Tuesday games. There’s been a lot of Saturday-Tuesdays but we’ve got a fit and competitive squad and people can step in if need be. Obviously it does take a bit out of us but if we do the right things in terms of recovery it won’t be a problem.

“Our aim is promotion come the end of the year and it’s nice to be fighting for that. We’ve just got to keep our foot on the pedal and the results will continue to come.

“If we’re not dominating games sometimes the fans get frustrated. But we’ve got to try and get on the front foot in games and even if we’re not playing well if the fans see we’re putting everything into the games they’ll be happy.

“If we do that then hopefully the results will be there.”

John Kelly