Martin 'shocked' by penalty call

15 September 2009 03:12
Norwich City striker Chris Martin has protested his innocence after conceding the penalty which clinched MK Dons' 2-1 victory over the Canaries on Saturday.Martin insists he played the ball before making any contact with Dons winger Lewis Gobern. Referee Roger East waved penalty appeals away before changing his mind on the advice of his assistant. "I was shocked when I saw the lino put his flag across his chest," Martin told BBC Radio Norfolk. The 20-year old had an eventful night at Stadium:MK, giving Norwich the lead with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area just 17 seconds into the game. The Canaries then lost Adam Drury, Stephen Hughes and Michael Nelson to injury before Jason Puncheon equalised. MK Dons substitute Peter Leven converted the spot-kick after Martin was adjudged to have fouled Gobern. "I definitely got a nick on the ball," added Martin. "You can tell by players reactions and no-one appealed for the penalty." It was his first start in a league game since the opening day of the season and the striker is hoping his early goal will help him keep his place in the team. "I think I need to do more than just score, forward players are judged on that, but I need to work very hard as well. "I think I put in a good shift [on the left wing] and whoever was playing left back, Drury and Lappin, helped me a lot with the talking." Martin has now played 33 games for Norwich, scoring 7 goals, since making his debut as an 18-year-old in January 2007.

Source: BBC_Sport