CHRIS Martin’s double fired Derby County to their eighth win in nine matches and sees them end 2013 in the top two of the Championship.
Derby’s leading scorer struck early in each half in yesterday’s 2-1 victory over struggling Barnsley at Oakwell.
Martin now has 15 for the season and is on course to become the first Rams’ player to hit 20 since Dean Sturridge in 1995-96.
Derby’s slick football put them in control but they were made to graft for the three points after their former striker, Tomasz Cywka, pulled a goal back for Barnsley with half an hour to play.
However, this Derby team is more than an attacking force.
It is resilient, and can dig in when necessary.
The two qualities make for a good combination and a successful combination.
They have climbed from 14th to second in the three months and 14 games since Steve McClaren was appointed head coach.
Thirty three points have been collected.
That is promotion form.
Read tomorrow’s Burton Mail for a full report