Two goals in 56 minutes: Chelsea starlet proving Premier League quality

Former Nottingham Forest striker Patrick Bamford is producing the goods on loan to East Midlands Rivals Derby County

Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford added another to his account on loan at Derby County, again coming off the bench to rescue points for the Rams.

It caps off an brilliant week for the 20-year-old, who picked the Football League's Young Player of the Month award for December and scored his first goal for the Rams 7-days prior.

Derby were in the ascendency for the majority of the game but found it difficult to break down a resolute Blackburn Rovers defence. A lapse in concentration from Derby County's captain Richard Keogh allowed Blackburn to score the opening goal against the run of play.

The Rams accumulated 62% of possession but struggled to find a goal, forcing Steve McClaren to play the last half hour with four upfront.

However, it was Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford that provided the goal to secure a point for Derby but will be disappointed not to have provided all 3 after a string of good chances.

The goal against Blackburn meant the striker has netted twice in an accumulated 56 minutes for Derby and has now put himself right in contention for a starting place on Tuesday night against Yeovil Town.

The former Nottingham Forest striker reiterated that he still retains the target of 10 goals in his spell at Derby County, but admitted after a strong start it may be raised later on in the season.

Jose Mourinho will be delighted with the progress of the young player he has big hopes for and early signs could encourage the Portuguese manager to think about a first team place for him next term.

image: © Jon Candy

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