Martyn Waghorn might have scored twice in Derby County’s 2-2 draw away at Stoke City on Saturday, but former Rams manager Gary Rowett still found reason to criticise the in-form striker while speaking on Quest.
At the third time of asking, Waghorn opened his account for the new Championship campaign at the Potteries. He swivelled on a sixpence to open the scoring with a clinical volley early on before firing home a second half penalty to secure a point for Phillip Cocu’s side.
But it could, and perhaps should, have been three. Waghorn found himself through on goal with a chance to win the game late on but his rather tame chip was blocked by the grateful Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
And Rowett wasn’t overly impressed with Waghorn’s somewhat casual attempt.
“I’m not a dink fan. Not when you’re on a hat-trick,” said Rowett, who spent one season at Derby in 2017/18 and lead them to the play-off semi-finals.
“If he scores, fantastic. But for me he just needs to put more power into it, it’s a great chance to go and win the game.”
A £5 million signing from Ipswich Town a year ago (EADT), this was still one of Waghorn’s better displays in Derby colours. A man who scored goals for fun at Rangers and Portman Road, he found the net just nine times in 37 Championship appearances last season.
With Cocu introducing a more free-flowing, flexible style, the likes of Kieran Dowell, Tom Lawrence and a rejuvenated Florian Josefzoon should provide plenty of chances for Waghorn to comfortably better that tally.
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