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Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Alan Martin admits to somewhat resting on his laurels and wasting the last couple of years.

"The last couple of years I suppose I sat on complacency, I expected Steve to play every game" - Alan Martin
The 23-year-old is poised for his senior club debut this weekend in the keenly anticipated Capital One Cup first round tie against League One rivals Hartlepool United at Gresty Road.

Martin gets his chance following the ongoing knee problems currently being encountered by experienced regular keeper Steve Phillips.

"The last couple of years I suppose I sat on complacency, I expected Steve to play every game and I wasn't pushing as I should have been,"
Martin told BBC Stoke. "When I think back to it, it was silly and probably a couple of years wasted.

"Last year, I was a number two in League Two and this year I'm hopefully going to be number one in League One," he continued. "It is a bigger step up and I just want to play these games and play as many as I can."

The one-time Scotland Under-21 international's only Football League experience prior to now arrived during a seven-match loan spell at
Accrington Stanley.

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Date:Friday August 10 2012
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