Martin thought second place might have to wait for another day

Chris Martin might have been forgiven for thinking it just wasn't his day at Wycombe. The Canaries striker was denied three times by keeper Scott Shearer - once from close range and twice from distance - and once by the woodwork when a superb free-kick came back off the bar.

Chris Martin might have been forgiven for thinking it just wasn't his day at Wycombe.

The Canaries striker was denied three times by keeper Scott Shearer - once from close range and twice from distance - and once by the woodwork when a superb free-kick came back off the bar.

It looked like it wasn't going to be Martin's - or City's afternoon - until Korey Smith popped up with the winner.

Martin played a part in the goal, feeding Wes Hoolahan down the left before the midfielder's crucial final pass, but admitted that thoughts of a blank day had begun to cross his mind - with the knowledge that a win would mean a rise to second place.

"I suppose you could say that," he said. "I had a few attempts today and was a bit unlucky. But luckily enough for me Korey was a little bit luckier and managed to sneak one in at the end there."

Smith got ribbed by his team-mates for stealing the glory - but deep down they were simply grateful for the input.

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"I'm not envious at all, I'm just glad to get the three points, first and foremost, it was a big three points, a big game," said Martin. "We all knew what was at stake beforehand. We showed a great fighting spirit - we perhaps didn't start as well as what we wanted to in the first half but I think second half we showed our dominance and the goal was always coming.

"I think they were unlucky as well not to get a goal, hitting a post, so they possibly could have sneaked one, but I think they couldn't have had any arguments if we had got one or two more possibly at the other end because we were knocking at the door for most of the second half."

Shearer was the home side's man of the match - no argument there - with Martin too often his "victim".

"He wasn't giving me an inch," Martin said. "It was just relief when the goal went in just to get that 1-0 up and then we luckily saw it out at the end there."

With Charlton's game at Walsall postponed, all eyes were on City - but did nerves play a part?

"You always knew that if we won we went into second place, which luckily we did, but I suppose there is a little bit of added pressure because of what's at stake," he conceded.

"You can't help but think about it a little bit, but you try to put it at the back of your mind as best as you can, which I think we perhaps did. Maybe in the first half we were a little bit nervous; perhaps we didn't play the extra pass we needed to. We were trying to force it a little bit, but second half we relaxed a little bit and played our stuff."

It could have gone badly wrong had Matt Phillips' effort not come back off the inside of a post before nestling safely in the grateful arms of goalkeeper Fraser Forster. A minute later, City had the game won.

"It would have been a bit of a smash and grab to be honest," said Martin. "I think that was probably their only real chance on goal in the whole match. Compare that to our chances - we probably had upwards of 10."

Although it was left to a midfielder to do the honours, the Martin-Hoolahan-Grant Holt attacking force impressed again.

"We have obviously got an understanding playing so many games in a row together like we have done," added Martin. "It's probably 20-odd games we have played together now, so you are always going to get more and more understanding the more you play with each other and, yes, they are very good players and it is a joy to be able to play with both of them and the way we link up is good at times."

"I'm learning a lot and it is adding to my game, not just learning off them, but playing with them because they add to your game as well. Because they are such good players they will find you with a pass or give you that encouragement to go on and play well."

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