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Chris Martin aims to end year on a high with Derby


Derby County's Chris Martin (left) and Norwich City's Russell Martin (right)

Derby County's Chris Martin (left) and Norwich City's Russell Martin (right)

Derby County's Chris Martin (left) and Norwich City's Russell Martin (right)

DERBY striker Chris Martin wants to close out the year in style by exacting revenge on Championship opponents Leeds at the iPro Stadium tonight.

The Rams could leapfrog Ipswich into an automatic promotion place if results go their way but in their final game of the year must first overcome Leeds, who sent Steve McClaren's side spinning to a 2-0 defeat at Elland Road last month.

Derby secured only one point from their next two league games after that disappointment to lose ground on the top two, but 16-goal Martin believes his side's 4-0 St Stephen's Day win at Birmingham has set them up to end 2014 on a high.

"We were disappointed with the performance and the result at their place so we'll be looking to put that right," said Martin.

"We can't look further than the Leeds game. We will take the momentum from the Birmingham game into it. We know it's going to be another tough game as we saw at their place."

Martin, behind only Ipswich's Daryl Murphy in the Championship's goalscoring chart, added: "It's always nice to get on the score sheet but, for me personally, the three points are far more important.

"At the moment the goals are helping us to achieve that and although it was nice to get the result against Birmingham, we now need to follow it up and end the year on a high."

Second-placed Ipswich will be looking to improve on the best home record in the Championship to close the four-point gap between themselves and leaders Bournemouth. Mick McCarthy's side have lost only once at Portman Road this season - to Norwich in August - and four straight home wins suggest tonight's opponents Charlton, who have won only twice on their travels, are in for a rough ride.