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Best goals tally for 20 years for Derby County

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

Blackburn Rovers v Derby County Ewood Park Steve McClaren

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TWENTY years have passed since Derby County have been such prolific scorers in the League.

They have hit 72 goals so far this season with five games to play.

The last time the Rams bettered that tally was 1993/94 when they reached the play-off final, losing to Leicester City at Wembley.

Derby scored 73 in 46 league games that season with Marco Gabbiadini, Tommy Johnson and Paul Kitson among the goals.

Chris Martin and Craig Bryson have been the top marksmen this season.

Martin scored his 20th of the campaign in Tuesday’s victory at Blackpool to become the first Rams’ player to reach the mark since Dean Sturridge in 1995/96.

Bryson also found the net at Blackpool, his 16th of the season.

Between them they have scored half of Derby’s goals.

Head coach Steve McClaren has praised the impact of both players.

“It’s terrific for Chris to reach 20 goals and a real landmark,” he said.

“He has played really well for us since we took over.

“His goals have been a big part of where we find ourselves now and he’s done it thanks to the great work of his team-mates.

“The chances have been created for him, but he’s been in the right place at the right time.

“He’s a cool finisher, but he’s not just a goalscorer.

“Look at his all-round general play, he is a good player. He helps our team, and our runners from midfield. That is why Bryson has scored 16, which is another great effort.”

You have to turn the clock back 22 years to find the last Rams midfielder to score as many goals in a season as Bryson.

Paul Williams also scored 16 in 1991/92 when Derby reached the play-offs where they lost to Blackburn Rovers at the semi-final stage.

McClaren says Bryson has been given licence to go forward. “When he gets in those positions, he finishes so well,” said the manager.

Derby are the second highest scorers in the Championship behind promoted Leicester.

The Rams have hit eight goals in their last two home games going into tomorrow’s clash with Huddersfield Town at the iPro Stadium, kick off 3.07pm.

As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough disaster in April 1989, all FA Cup, Premier League, Football League and Football Conference matches taking place over the weekend will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled.

The FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989, was ended six minutes after kick-off, at 3.06pm.

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