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Key players on target for Derby County in big win over Fulham

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

REPAYING THE FAITH ... James Ward is back among the goals for Derby after signing a new deal.

REPAYING THE FAITH ... James Ward is back among the goals for Derby after signing a new deal.

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WHEN Steve McClaren said the "right people" scored in Derby County's 5-1 victory over Fulham, he made an important point.

All scorers are welcome, of course, but it is vital certain individuals are up and running because they can shape a season, as last season proved.

Jamie Ward's smart finish against Fulham took his tally to three in the last two games.

He also produced his best display in five appearances this season (four starts).

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It is quite a change around in fortunes for the forward because there appeared to be some uncertainty over his future at the club until he signed a new contract earlier this month.

McClaren is pleased to see Ward in the goals again.

"He hadn't scored this year – which we pointed out to him – so it's nice that he is on a roll now," said the head coach.

"When Wardy signed a new deal, we said to him 'come on, let's have a few goals from you'. He's done it in the last few games."

Ward's career at Derby shows he tends to score in bursts.

He scored six in a nine-game spell last season and 10 in a run of 13 matches in 2012-13.

Craig Bryson is off the mark after finding the net against Fulham.

The Scot's 16 goals from midfield was hugely significant in Derby finishing third and reaching the Championship play-off final.

This made the decision not to start him in the final at Wembley all the more baffling, but that is in the past.

Chris Martin top scored last season with 25.

He scored in the win at Carlisle in the Capital One Cup earlier this month but it is always nice when a striker gets off the mark in the League, as Martin did with a double against Fulham.

Derby's fifth goal in the rout came from substitute Simon Dawkins.

He had failed to take a chance a minute earlier when his effort rebounded off a post for Martin to score his second, but Dawkins converted soon afterwards.

The goal should provide him with a boost because he has looked short on confidence in recent games and was unfairly treated by some supporters, who cheered when he was replaced in the draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

McClaren was pleased to see Dawkins on the scoresheet.

"It was doubly important as well for Simon Dawkins, what with hitting the post for the fourth goal, because he needed that and we are demanding more from him," said McClaren.

"So the right players scored. We want individuals playing to their level and if we get that, we are a good team."

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