Former Norwich City striker Chris Martin relished reunion with boyhood club
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Chris Martin admitted the way he left Norwich City still doesn't sit well – but he hopes his old club and his current one can take the Championship by storm over the coming season.
The 27-year-old striker from Beccles made Fulham's first goal and scored their equaliser as they pegged back the Canaries at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night – almost three and a half years since Martin ended his time as a Norwich City player.
The Scotland international has gone on to notch his 100th career goal and is now finding his feet in London, as he continues his season on loan from Derby.
'It's just been catching up with old friends really,' smiled Martin, with a hug from John Ruddy at the full-time whistle among his Tuesday night embraces.
'I had some great years at Norwich. I was there for 14 years in total – almost longer than most of the backroom team, the tea ladies and all sorts. So I had a really great affinity with the club and left on terms that kind of didn't quite sit well with me.
'It's a tough one from that point of view. But it's always nice to see the guys and I'll always look out for how they're getting on. It's good to see them and nice that they didn't take three points off us.
'Obviously I've got quite a few friends still there that play, a few people behind the scenes and a hell of a lot of my friends from back home are Norwich fans. Hopefully they go on to do as well as what we do this season as well.
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'They've got an extremely strong squad. You could see that in the substitutions they were able to bring on and their bench. It's real strength in depth for this division, so I expect them to challenge for sure.'
Martin added: 'My phone's already been pretty lively and I imagine I'm getting stick off a few mates. I didn't hear too many boos, so I'll take that. I'm normally a bit of a pantomime villain for away fans, so that's one of the better receptions I've got, for sure.'
Martin made 117 senior appearances for City following his debut in January 2007, with an excellent return of 34 goals – and he even had a word of sympathy for the City fans that have seen their side manage just two draws at Craven Cottage since 1986.
'You do seem to have bogey sides, even as an individual player and as a team,' said Martin.
'For some reason a team will have a bit of a hex over you and Norwich probably feel that way after being two goals up and not managing to take the points. It's funny how football works.'
The City connections for Martin will continue with Scotland too, as the striker eyes stepping out alongside Russell Martin next month, when Gordon Strachan's men take on England in their latest World Cup 2018 qualifier at Wembley.