Martin all set for Canaries' kick-off
Chris Martin is happy to adapt to a new striker partner in Simeon Jackson, should Grant Holt fail to make Norwich City's big kick-off.The star player, from Beccles, hit 22 goals in all competitions alongside the Canaries' skipper last season, who bagged 30 of his own as Paul Lambert's men marched to the League One title.
Chris Martin is happy to adapt to a new striker partner in Simeon Jackson, should Grant Holt fail to make Norwich City's big kick-off.
The star player, from Beccles, hit 22 goals in all competitions alongside the Canaries' skipper last season, who bagged 30 of his own as Paul Lambert's men marched to the League One title.
But Holt's pre-season preparations have been curtailed by a thigh injury that means he is not certain to make City's opening Championship encounter, at home to Watford on August 6.
So rather than a 6ft-plus target man to play off, Martin started Saturday's 2-1 friendly win over Newcastle with Jackson, a �600,000 summer capture from Gillingham, for company up front.
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Quick and diminutive, Jackson cuts a different figure to Holt, but Martin - whose brace did the damage against the Magpies at Carrow Road - feels he can adapt to make a partnership with Jackson work just as well as his goalscoring run alongside Holt last season.
“It's a lot different to playing with Holty - Simeon's obviously a little bit quicker than him,” joked Martin, who has been in good goalscoring form.
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“But I think that's the sign of a good partnership as strikers and a good squad, you have to be able to adapt to the players you play with.
“You're not always going to get to play with the same player week in, week out, and if you can adapt your game and adjust it to suit different players than that can only add to what you've got as a striker.
“It's important you can do that and I'm sure all the lads who play up front will try and do that at some point and adjust to whoever they play with.
“But the way we played football (against Newcastle) definitely helped the strikers because we got plenty of the ball and plenty of chances, so we can thank the midfield and defensive lads as well for creating the chances for us.”
The weekend win neutralised some of the fans' worries over City's indifferent midweek results, which included a goalless draw at last season's Conference champions Stevenage and a 1-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge, who were promoted to League One via the play-offs in May.
Then on Wednesday night the Canaries drew 0-0 with hosts Lincoln City.
That completed the away obligations of their pre-season schedule and put valuable minutes under their belt as the new season looms.