Martin agrees new Alex deal

BY foxsports • December 10, 2012

Ian Holloway will demand a faster start from his Crystal Palace players when they head to Birmingham next weekend.

The Eagles boss was unhappy with his side's first-half display as they were held to a 2-2 draw by his old club Blackpool at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Palace are now three points behind leaders Cardiff after they were pegged back by a late goal from Nouha Dicko.

But it was the opening 45 minutes which left Holloway scratching his head.

"It's really disappointing because we looked a shadow of how we've played recently," said Holloway.

"We almost wasted the first 45 minutes. The second half was much more like us."

Richardson was appointed as Paul Cook's permanent successor last month having served as the Liverpudlian's number two before his switch to Chesterfield.

Skipper Joyce played alongside Richardson during his time as a player at the Crown Ground, unlike many members of a youthful Reds squad.

"Leam's been at the club for quite a long time as a player and then over the last 12 months as assistant manager," Joyce said.

"We've got quite a few new lads in who've only seen Leam as a coach and an assistant manager, a few of the lads have seen him as a player, but to be honest the gaffer is doing great.

"The lads are fully behind him. It's been a really smooth transition and I think everyone's pulling together and doing well."

Martin's 18-month deal will keep him at Gresty Road until summer 2014.

The 23-year-old former Scotland Under-21 international was initially handed a short-term contract when he returned for pre-season training this year and went on to establish himself as Alex's number one, with Steve Phillips sidelined due to knee surgery.

Phillips' return to fitness has not yet had any bearing on Martin's 100% league appearance record this term.


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