When it comes to taking penalties, Derby County striker Martyn Waghorn feels he is the man for the job.
The former Ipswich striker has scored 19 out of his 22 career penalties after converting from the spot against Hull City in the Rams’ 2-1 win at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.
It has, meanwhile, been three years since Waghorn’s last miss, which was back in December 2015.
The spot-kick conversion was the 28-year-old’s first league goal for his new side since his £5million move to Pride Park during the summer.
Speaking the Derby Telegraph after the Rams’ weekend win, Waghorn said: “The manager (Frank Lampard) told me when I came in that I would be taking penalties.
“It’s something I like to do. I enjoy the responsibility.
“For me, it’s a way of getting an extra goal, I guess, but it’s something that I thrive on.
“As a striker, I’m not going to shy away from that responsibility. I enjoy the pressure.”
You have to admire the confidence of the striker who had an unsavoury start to life at Pride Park.
Martyn Waghorn struggled to assert himself in matches during the opening weeks of the season but has since kicked on with two goals this season – one in the cup before his penalty goal in the weekend win.
Having that confidence to want to take a penalty willingly will stand him good stead when they are more significant later on in the season.
There is nothing better than a striker with confidence stepping up to take spot-kick if awarded in the 90th minute and the game dead level.
Waghorn is saying all the right things, so hopefully, for his side, he can up his form and continue to influence games when the Championship resumes after the international break.