Blackburn v Rotherham Utd: Derbyshire right back on the map

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).
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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans has paid tribute to striker Matt Derbyshire for working his way back into goalscoring form.

The former Blackburn and Olympiakos striker was signed last summer with the express purpose of scoring the goals that would keep the Millers in the Championship.

Derbyshire had struggled in front of goal with a solitary strike against Fleetwood in the League Cup his only goal in 16 appearances for Rotherham until recently.

He then hit the goal trail in the win over Bolton three games ago, a strike which was followed by another one in the equally impressive victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Evans – a manager unafraid to act quickly in the transfer market if things are not working out – stuck by the proven goalscorer and is starting to be repaid.

“I never lost faith,” said Evans. “I’ve left him out at times and left him on the bench, but whenever we needed a goal I was always happy to call on him.

“He may have been missing chances, but at least he kept getting into those positions.

“If you believe in somebody enough you think one of these days Lady Luck will turn.

“Matt’s worked ever so hard, he’s done extra sessions, and there was nobody more pleased for Matt Derbyshire on Saturday than me – and I was happy to see the Millers crowd to a man applaud him.”

Last six games: Blackburn LDWLWL, Rotherham United LLLWDW.

Referee: G Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Last time: Blackburn 4 Rotherham United 0; December 4, 2002; League Cup.