Former Norwich City striker Chris Martin relishes crucial goal for Derby at Ipswich Town

Derby County's Chris Martin. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Derby County's Chris Martin. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Chris Martin admitted his Norwich City connections made scoring the winning goal for Derby County at Portman Road even sweeter.

The Rams won 1-0 at Ipswich Town to move back into the automatic promotion places and pull level with leaders Bournemouth on points, after they were beaten 2-1 at home by Norwich.

Beccles-born Martin scored against the Tractor Boys to register his 100th career goal and see Steve McClaren's side leapfrog Ipswich in the table.

'Cyrus (Christie) got the ball and he didn't want to take any chances in our back third,' the former Canaries striker said of his 18th goal of the season, speaking to his club's official website.

'It fell brilliant for me and I am not sure that their defender has seen me until after he headed it back.

'I was happy to profit from that and I am delighted that we were able to go on and get the three points.

'It obviously made it that little bit sweeter because of my Norwich connections and I got a little bit of stick from the home fans.'

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Winning at Bournemouth moved Norwich to within one point of sixth-placed Watford, who suffered a 3-1 loss at Huddersfield, where Nahki Wells, James Vaughan and Joel Lynch netted for the hosts and the Hornets could only respond through Odion Ighalo.

Wolves yesterday pulled level on 40 points with the Canaries, but with an inferior goal difference, thanks to a Dave Edwards goal earning them a 1-0 win at Blackburn.

Middlesbrough stayed fourth following a goalless draw at Reading, while Brentford moved up to fifth thanks to a 1-0 home win over Rotherham, with Stuart Dallas getting the deciding goal.

n For all this weekend's Championship results, and the latest table, see page four.

Charlton last night sacked head coach Bob Peeters following a 1-0 home loss to Brighton on Saturday, extending their winless run to nine matches. The contracts of senior professional development coach Patrick Van Houdt and performance analyst Guy Kiala were also terminated. Peeters joined in the summer, on a one-year contract, and the Addicks went 11 unbeaten at the start of the season but have won just one of their last 13.

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