Rotherham United: Millers striker Derbyshire tips himself for goals

Matt Derbyshire, left, celebrates a goal with Richie Smallwood
Matt Derbyshire, left, celebrates a goal with Richie Smallwood

Matt Derbyshire is confident he can carry on where he left off at the end of last season for Rotherham United.

The striker scored at the rate of almost a goal every other game in the latter part of the Millers’ first campaign in the Championship under Steve Evans.

And the 29-year-old, with an opening-day header against MK Dons already under his belt this term, says he can keep hitting the target, as he and his teammates prepare for tomorrow’s clash at Queens Park Rangers.

“As I said to the Gaffer, when I play I’ll get chances,” he told The Star. “I always feel I’ll get chances, no matter what, and I do believe I will put them away. I’ve always said that.

“You’ve got to be positive. You’ve got to back yourself, because if you don’t who will?”

QPR, relegated from the Premier League last season, won 3-2 at Wolves on Wednesday, but Derbyshire believes the Millers, who opened their second-tier account with a midweek 0-0 home draw at home to Preston, can spring a surprise.

“We’ll relish it,” he said. “We’ll go out there with no fear and try to win the game, as we always do.”

The forward thinks Rotherham, with 12 summer recruits in their ranks, will improve when the new players have had more time to gel.

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“We’ll get better and better as the season goes on, I’m sure,” he forecast. “It’s about getting the right formulas together. Once we get a settled side together, we’ll be totally fine.”

Manager Evans used the fact that Bristol City, just one place above the Millers in the early rankings, bid £9 million for Brentford striker Andre Gray, to highlight what a testing league the Championship is.

“QPR will be difficult, but they’re all difficult,” he said. “This is a big, big league. You’ve got newly-promoted Bristol City trying to spend £9m. That’s how tough it is for us. But we’ve got what we’ve got. We’re pleased with, and proud of, what we’ve got.”