STRIKER Conor Sammon will continue to be a threat if he keeps attacking the right areas, says Derby County goalkeeper coach Eric Steele, writes STEVE NICHOLSON.
Sammon came off the bench in the draw against Birmingham City at Pride Park last Saturday and had two clear-cut chances to be the match-winner.
He was the hero at Watford a week earlier when he struck the decisive goal in Derby’s 3-2 win.
The Republic of Ireland international has made just one start in the League this season – in the 4-4 draw with Ipswich Town – having started 41 of the 46 Championship matches last season.
He started the three ties in the Capital One Cup and scored twice against Brentford but otherwise he has had to be content with appearances as a substitute.
Derby stress that the games are about the squad and not just the 11 who start.
“We knew, like at Watford, we’d have to win the game against Birmingham City or attempt to win the game with 14 players,” said Steele.
“Conor made a major impact at Watford and he nearly did exactly the same again against Birmingham.
“On another day he could have won the game for us but credit the fact he got himself in the right positions to score, and that is what we want him to do. That’s very important for a striker.
“Did he go into the right areas? Yes, he did.
“He was in the right places at the right time, he was a threat.
“If he was not in there to get the chances we would be asking why.”