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Marksman Matt reflects on season

7 May 2015

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Millers’ marksman Matt Derbyshire insists game time was key to his prolific form in front of goal in the second half of his first season at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Derbyshire, who joined from Nottingham Forest last summer, had to wait until January for his first league goal in Millers colours which sparked a scoring spree that saw him finish the season as the club’s top scorer with 10 goals to his name.

The former Blackburn man claims he was never worried by his early lack of goals and was always confident that he would find the net given the opportunity: 

“It wasn’t a great start to the season but I always looked at it that if I started games then I’d get chances and do well,” he explained.

“I didn’t start enough games at the start of the season but at the back end I did and proved what I can do.”

The 29-year-old is a striker that prides himself on his predatory instincts in the opposition area and maintains that he knew the goals would come when he established himself in the starting 11 at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

“I’ll always back myself in that department. I’m like any player in that I need to go out there and get used to the pitch and get up to speed fitness-wise. The more you play the more chances you are going to get so for me that was the most important thing.”

Derbyshire’s goals were pivotal in ensuring the Millers retained their Sky Bet Championship status for another year and believes the addition of Danny Ward from Huddersfield in the January transfer window complimented his own game:

“Our main target was to stay in the league and we did it which is brilliant,” he enthused.

“Danny is a very good player. He’s a technical player that likes to come deep for the ball which suits me perfectly so I’m looking forward to playing more games with him next season."

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