Gary Rowett criticises Martyn Waghorn despite Derby brace

Derby County manager Gary Rowett during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Middlesbrough at iPro Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Martyn Waghorn scored twice as Phillip Cocu's Derby County secured a 2-2 Championship draw against Stoke City on Saturday.

Martyn Waghorn of Derby County before the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Derby County at John Smith's Stadium on August 05, 2019 in Huddersfield, England.

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.”

Gary Rowett manager of Stoke City during the FA Cup Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Stoke City at New Meadow on January 5, 2019 in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom.

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.

Martyn Waghorn of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Derby County at John Smith's Stadium on August 5, 2019 in Huddersfield, England.

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