Goalscorer Martin wants to use Sheff Wed win as a springboard
Martin Paterson was delighted to return to the team and score his first goal for the Club in today’s 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday, but hopes this is simply the start of more good things to come.
After a four game absence, ‘Pato’ started the game and netted his 50th career League goal to put the Terriers ahead.
“It was a good win for us,” Martin told htafc.com. “All wins in this league are vital, but you have to realise that we are not even halfway through the season yet. We’ve been doing ok and we looked good in winning today, so it’s up to us to carry that on and get some more results.
“The goal meant a lot to me. I’ve aimed to fight back and get myself back in the team, so hopefully my performance today will keep me in it; I thought I did well. I’ll try to continue that form – and I think I will.
“Strikers always need goals and I’m pleased to be off the mark. I think I will continue to score given the minutes on the pitch, but getting on the pitch is up to me. I need to keep working hard and keep scoring goals to stay in the team.
“After my injury and operation and just before I went away with Northern Ireland I spoke with the Manager (Mark Robins) and told him that I would come back, work hard and do whatever it takes to get back into the team. I’ve done that and now I’m back in the team.”
Adam Clayton did brilliantly for the assist for Paterson’s goal and afterwards the pair had a special celebration planned relating to recent speculation about a training ground incident.
Martin continued: “We have 30 men training on the football field every day who are all passionate about winning. Footballers are competitive and sometimes that spills over. We’re both fiery characters, but it was simply fell out about footballing matters because we both want to win. I don’t want to focus on that because it was nothing.
“Clayts is a great player; everyone knows how talented he is. He did his little bit on the edge of the box and slipped the ball through to me- it was fantastic. It was great for him to get his goal as well.
“He mentioned that celebration just before the game! It was good fun.
“The most important thing is the team and we both did well for the team today.”
Now Paterson is hoping to continue his strike partnership with Captain James Vaughan, who he believes complements his style well.
“Vaughany has done brilliantly; he has scored a great amount of goals and he always gives centre halves problems. I think we are slightly different in our styles and we have different strengths and weaknesses, so when we play together we do cause defences problems.”