Aaron Cresswell has urged Blues fans to lay off Lee Martin – and labelled the winger as one of Town’s most influential performers.

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The duo have played together down Town’s left flank for much of the season but Martin incurred the wrath of supporters recently, who criticised his lack of an end-product.

Yet to break his goal duck for the season, the hard-working winger was guilty of missing a sitter in the 2-1 defeat at Bristol City last month – a moment that seems to have stuck with the Town faithful.

But after the 1-0 defeat at Blackburn, in which Mick McCarthy’s men struggled to carve out chances, the 26-year-old could be the answer on the left-hand side of midfield, against Blackpool, at Portman Road this weekend, providing he overcomes a hamstring strain. That move would enable Daryl Murphy to revert to his more accustomed role in attack.

Town will be keen for revenge against the Tangerines, who thumped the Blues 6-0 earlier in the campaign.

One clean sheet from 10 league games indicates they could be there for the taking and Cresswell’s words suggest the game would suit Martin.

“I think Lee Martin is one of our best players,” said the highly-rated defender.

“Fans see it different but the Bristol game was unlucky, when he missed. And, if you look at the statistics, he does the most running in our team and he has got the most assists.

“OK, his crossing is sometimes not the best but myself, Carlos (Edwards), (Richard) Stearman and Bradley Orr, when he was here, have not always put in the best deliveries either.

“I think Lee is one of our most important players.”

Cresswell has become one of Town’s most consistent performers in the campaign, following a difficult start, and has returned to the form that saw him secure last season’s Player-of-the-Year award.

However, the Liverpudlian has been quick to heap praise on Martin and Murphy who have played a crucial defensive role at times ahead of him.

“Lee Martin has got more energy, but Daryl (Murphy) does a great job too,” he said.

“Whoever is in front of me knows that they have to put in the same workrate as Daryl and Lee do.”

16 comments

  • Yes he is hard working, yes he has got pace. But the facts speak for themselves, he has no finnish in terms of last ball delivery or to shoot on target. If he's hiding because the fans are giving him a hard time, then my advice is, take your thumb out, get out there and show them different.

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    NB

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Wingers are not brought for there work rate they are signed to get and set up goals something that Martin does not do. Cresswell would be better off practising his crosses as tehy are woeful considered to last season, the supporters have every right to lambass Martin as he has not delivered at all, work rate should not hide what he was signed to do.

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    finchk702

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • # IR, Like your optimism but he has been here nearly 5 years under three different managers and he hasn't displayed his best yet.

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • If he is one of Town’s most influential performers, that explains why we are one point above relegation. Very few of the team have made an impact this season and we are facing the harsh reality that our time in the Championship is coming to an end, only we're not going in the right direction.

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    Craig Chenery

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Martin works his socks off, no doubt about it, and at times poses a real threat out on the left. Ironically it was Jewell who found the best place to play him, behind the main striker. The trouble with Martin is that he is now the last link to Keane's early spending spree, which of course started the ball rolling to where the club is now. I can't help but feel that we as a club will never put the Keane era behind us properly until that last link has gone. I like Martin as a player, and I suspect if he is allowed to leave it will come back to haunt us, but I can't see him being kept on on the high wage he is reportedly on, considering the lack of progress he has made in his time with the club.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Andrew,I have to agree with you on this one,it does appear that Martins days are numbered ,him being on a high wage.he does work his socks off but for me has not really hit the high spot and I do feel he will come back to haunt us should he leave for nothing in the summer.I have every faith in MM to sort the problems out in the summer ,but please no more loan players ,what we have I feel is capable to get us out of this mess left by PJ and RK.

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    brisie58

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • 'Cressie' doesn't realise how lucky he is... Town 'fans' have a history of mercilessly barracking the number 3. Personally I don't know what the fuss is about. Martin is one of many appalling (and appallingly expensive) Keane signings that looked ridiculous at the time and has done ever since. Admittedly being ostracised by Keane probably did little for his self belief - but given Keane's utter incompetence that is almost a badge of honour. He looked out of his depth at Leiston and like most of the other contracted players will be gone at season's end. Good riddance to another symbol of epicly bad mismanagement.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Let's face it, no player is a consistently good crosser of the ball, not in the premiership, not anywhere. And as for missing a near open goal, that also happens in the Premiership, as you will see when you watch football on TV. I don't think he would let us down against Blackpool. I like his pace, his running off the ball, I think he's nearly there.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I have been one Lee's biggest critics. The main reason for this is that he promises much and does little to affect games. He no doubt has ability but does little with it because his decision making is poor. He does seem to hide sometimes when we need players who want the ball no matter what has gone on earlier. If we are losing it's players who have the guts and nouse to take the match by the scruff of the neck to change it. Unfortunately there are a number of players who are not up to doing this.

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    bristan

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I'm afraid to say that I can't agree with this. Yes, Martin works phenomenally hard for the team, his effort his admirable however, no goals? Really? I'm afraid if he leaves in the summer I will not be to disappointed.

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    Paul The Alien

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Why is that cresswell? he has very little to offer town in real class like nearly all the other hasbeens and misfits. Mind you he is getting a good wage for doing naff all so well done the lad, shame he is another one of bowmans bad apples.

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • He promises much but delivers little ! If AC assesses LM as suggested in this feature, perhaps he should 'raise his sights' a little or the team will never progress.

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I think Lee Martin possesses all the attributes of a successful footballer except for one. Football intelligence. Sadly he does not seem to be able to decide when he should pass or when he should shoot and this has cost town time and time again.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I agree with John. Lee has the ablity to shine and can deliver a good ball in sometimes. we are all seeking perfection and i bet LM is too. More to the point who would replace him if he went - more loanees - No Thank You. Let the lad do his job and i'm sure that we will see the best of him soon.

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    IAN ROBERTS

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • It is unfortunate for Lee that he possesses a great work rate and is quite skillful but this doesn't make a good player. The midfield has been Town's nemisis all season. We have no Brian Talbots or Jim Magiltons in the team, one that runs all day up and down the field and the other that passes and scores. Anyone remember Johnny Wark, at one time he was the highest goalscorer in the EUFA Cup, I think it was 16 goals in one season. Only bettered by that German fellow who played for Tottenham (His name eludes me)

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    whymarkmariner

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • He promises much but delivers little ! If AC assesses LM as suggested in this feature, perhaps he should 'raise his sights' a little or the team will never progress.

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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