DERBY County are on course to record their best season for league goals in almost half a century after hitting 79 in 44 Championship matches.
The Rams have two league fixtures remaining to beat the 80 goals scored by Arthur Cox’s promotion team of 1985-86 and the 84 scored by the Rams in 1964-65 – Watford at the iPro Stadium tomorrow, kick-off 3pm and Leeds United at Elland Road a week later.
Their current form in front of goal suggests the total of 84 set in the days of Alan Durban and Eddie Thomas is under threat.
Durban and Thomas each scored 22 league goals that season as Tim Ward’s entertaining team finished ninth in Division Two.
Derby have chalked up victories in their last four games since the defeat at Middlesbrough and have won six of the previous eight.
In doing so, they have rattled in 19 goals including five against Nottingham Forest and three in victories over Charlton Athletic, Blackpool and Huddersfield Town.
Derby’s objectives are to finish third before continuing their push for promotion through the play-offs.
But McClaren would also like to see his team finish top scorers in the Championship.
“We want to keep scoring goals, we want to finish as highest scorers,” said the head coach.
“We have always created chances this season and our quality of football against Barnsley in the last game was excellent.
“If we were not creating chances, I would be worried, but we are and we know we will score.”
Derby have scored 14 more goals than they did last season (65) and 17 more than in 2006-07 when the club last won promotion to the Premier League.