Derby County fans react on Twitter to Chris Martin performance against Blackburn

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Derby County striker Chris Martin had a difficult night against Blackburn while Darren Bent excelled.

Derby County took advantage of a great opportunity to close the gap on Bournemouth at the top of the Championship last night with a 2-0 win against Blackburn Rovers.

The victory was enabled by Steve McClaren’s decision to take Darren Bent off the bench, as he bagged a telling brace inside the last half an hour, which turned out to be the difference between the sides.

Bent’s quality showed and the benefits of a partnership between himself and colleague Chris Martin are obvious.

Martin was quieter and although he started the game and worked hard, as always, he wasn’t able to make the difference by adding to his goal tally for this season.

Martin worked well with Bent and provided the former Premier League man with the opportunity to play how he wished, making different runs and pressing the Blackburn back four.

The reason they can work so well together is because they are different players and give their opposition different problems.

Bent is at his best when he’s harassing an opposition defender, pressing them and looking for a way through and past the back four.

Martin seems to prefer to drop off a little bit as he goes looking for possession, before turning and attacking to either shoot or pass the ball to a teammate in a better position.

They rotate effectively and that helps McClaren build different attacking methods into the team, which makes them less predictable for any side studying the way they play.

When Martin is off the boil, Bent has the ability to come in and play brilliantly and there will be occasions over the rest of the season when Martin makes the difference, as sides get to grips with Bent up front.

Here’s what Derby fans on Twitter had to say about Martin’s performance.

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