Derby County kept themselves in contention to achieve a top six finish as they thrashed relegation-threatened Rotherham United 6-1 at the weekend.
Martyn Waghorn netted an impressive hat-trick, whilst goals from Bradley Johnson, Mason Mount and Duane Holmes saw the Rams run out convincing winners on the day.
Waghorn is the subject of our FLW Spotlight this week, so we look into his performance on the day in more detail.
The obvious statistic that we are drawn to here is the shots and goals, and it’s clear to see why.
Waghorn only attempted three shots in total during the game, which might not seem like a lot, considering how dominant the Rams were against a frail-looking Rotherham defence.
But having scored from every shot he attempted, it certainly makes good reading for the former Rangers and Ipswich forward.
He seems to have hit form at the perfect time and will be keen to build on this impressive showing heading towards a crucial and potentially season-defining period of this year’s campaign.
Other than his goals, Waghorn had a relatively quiet game on the day, and made one interception and won just one aerial duel against a physical Millers team.
He had a pass success rate of 77.8% which doesn’t make the best of reading, especially given that Derby saw the majority of the ball on the day.
Waghorn will be confident of keeping Jack Marriott out of the Derby starting XI for the remainder of this year’s campaign, and if he can continue to score goals, then he’ll certainly be the first-choice striker for Frank Lampard.
He’ll be their main attacking outlet and will need to be at the top of his game, otherwise you have to fear that Derby might miss out on finishing inside the play-off positions.