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Martin keen to stop Donny

21 December 2012

Goalkeeper David Martin will be looking to keep his 12th clean-sheet of season this Saturday when the Dons travel to South Yorkshire to take on Doncaster Rovers.

The former Liverpool stopper has played a crucial role in a Dons backline that boasts the best defensive record in League 1 having conceded only 17 goals in 22 games so far this campaign.


And now Martin, who is now well into his third season since returning to the Club, is keen to keep the Dons’ run of good form going as Karl Robinson’s team head into a busy festive fixture schedule.


Speaking to the media ahead of the game, the 26-year-old said: “We know it’s a bit of a hectic schedule at the moment but we take every game as it comes and so we’re only looking at Doncaster. They are playing well this season and so we have to make sure we put all of our focus on them, like we do with every team we play.


“It’s great to have game after game and hopefully we can get as many points as possible as it’s so tight at the top at the moment. Whenever you get games close together, you can find yourself three points a team one minute and then three points ahead of them the next so this is time of year does make a big difference and all that lads know that.


“There are several teams who could find themselves top of pile come New Year’s Day but we believe we can be that team.”


The Dons defence has been relatively settled of late, which has proved to be a pivotal factor in the side’s recent run of good form. And Martin, who has been kept quiet in-between the sticks on several occasions this year due to the resolute defending, believes that the consistency in the back four will only help add more points to the tally.


“It makes a big difference having a settled back four. We’ve got great players in the side at the moment, as well as equally talented players waiting in the wings who can come into the side if needed.


“I’ve been kept quiet a few times this season, more recently in the Hartlepool game but I feel I’ve had to do a few vital things so I’ve been pleased with my performances in November.


“It’s great to get so many points on the board but at the same time it’s great to get so many clean-sheets as well and hopefully we can continue that over the Christmas period.”

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