Chelsea starlet wins plaudits: 'He's a great player, he's a goalscorer'

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Derby County manager Steve McClaren was full of praise for Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford after scoring and creating goals in Derby's 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic.

'We've showed we're ready for the run in' was the post-match message from Steve McClaren and no-one could argue with him as his Derby side put a midweek defeat behind them in style.

First-half goals from Johnny Russell and Patrick Bamford put the East Midland's side on their way, as Chris Martin completed the scoring in the second-half condemning a somewhat rejuvenated Charlton side to defeat. 

However, it was Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford at the heart of the post-match press conference and Steve McClaren didn't hold back in singing the praises of the 20-year-old.

'He's a great player, he's a goalscorer,' said McClaren.

'I was pleased with the first-half display and pleased with the goal, that's important. I'm pleased we've got back to scoring goals, we've scored nine in a week and kept two clean sheets.'

The turnaround of goals has been a huge boost for the Rams, who despite spending the majority of the season as the league's top goalscorers, had only netted three goals in seven games prior to their 5-0 win against Forest.

Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford has been Derby's biggest source of goals since he signed in the January transfer window, netting his seventh goal for the Rams at the weekend. However, it's not just the goals that has impressed the former England manager.

'What has impressed me is his work-rate, his discipline and the work he does for the team,' added McClaren.

'We always say to him, his feedback is as if he was at Chelsea, not here, so we demand a lot from him. At the moment he is delivering.'

Upon signing for Derby in January the England under-21 striker admitted he had a target of 10 goals in mind, which at the time seemed ambitious.

Nevertheless, with seven games left, potentially 10 including the play-offs, he finds himself just three goals shy of his initial target. The Rams will now be hoping Bamford can surpass his 10-goal target and in doing so fire the club into the Premier League. 

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