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Ireland win takes pressure off Scotland ahead of England game, says Martin

first_img Scotland striker Chris Martin (right) 1 Chris Martin admits Scotland’s European Championship qualifying win against the Republic of Ireland has taken the pressure off ahead of England’s visit on Tuesday night.A terrific goal by Shaun Maloney at Celtic Park on Friday night took the Scots level with the Irish and Germany on seven points, three behind Group D leaders Poland.And the 26-year-old Derby striker says Scotland can enjoy the game against the Auld Enemy at Parkhead safe in the knowledge three vital Euro points have been secured.“The pressure is off a little bit in that game.“Hopefully we can go and enjoy ourselves and give the fans something to shout about again.“It was a massive win, and obviously we will take massive confidence into the England game.“Hopefully we will be on a high and so will the fans.”Suffolk-born Martin played for England Under-19s but qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian father and he made his debut as a substitute in the friendly against Nigeria at Craven Cottage in May.While acknowledging the importance of beating Martin O’Neill’s side, Martin believes the bid to reach France in 2016 is likely to go to the last game of the campaign.“There are still another few games to go and I think it will go down to the wire to be honest with you,” he added.“There are good teams in this group and it has been said many times that it is probably the toughest group and games can be decided by one goal, a set-piece or a little bit of luck.“We know it is going to be that tight.“We need to make sure we concentrate on every single game and get as many points as we can and see where that takes us.“I don’t think we can worry too much about other teams.“We need to focus on our own jobs and if we do that well enough then hopefully that will mean we qualify.”The only downside for Martin against Ireland was missing the target from a Steven Naismith cut-back.“I should have done better,” he said.“I was disappointed that I didn’t score but thankfully Shaun got me out of jail a little bit with a great finish.“We knew it was going to be a tough game because they had picked up a lot of points.“I was perhaps a little bit surprised that they didn’t play a bit more football but we stood up to it very well.“We were the ones who tried to play more football and with us being at home the onus was probably on us to come out and play a little bit more and we felt that we did that.“We could and probably should have scored more goals.“We created a good few chances. Obviously mine was one of them but it didn’t matter in the end.“It didn’t matter who scored, as long we win, that is the main thing.”Scotland v England is live on talkSPORT at 8pm on 18 Novemberlast_img read more