Derby County boss Phillip Cocu has backed Jack Marriott to start scoring despite his poor season so far.
The former Peterborough striker has scored just once this season in the league and that came back in August, meaning he is now 11 games without a goal.
Whilst many of those have come as a sub, Marriott has started three of the last five for Cocu, including the draw against QPR on Saturday.
And, even though the goals haven’t come, the Dutch boss told Derbyshire Live that he has no worries about Marriott and explained how he believes his fortunes could change pretty quickly.
“He is looking for his moment, and his goal. The games he played, one or two opportunities pop up every game but he just cannot find the net. I don’t think he is playing to force it, I think he does well for the team in his work.
“He worked hard, he moved, he tried to put himself in position. First half, we could not get him in a good position. Second half we did much better. He just needs the luck that one of his shots hit the net.”
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It’s surprising to see Marriott struggle so much this season because he came up with some vital goals for the Rams under Frank Lampard.
The change in manager, and therefore style, appears not to have helped but Cocu plays him pretty regularly so it’s not like he doesn’t rate the player.
All players have poor runs of form but Marriott needs to get back firing as soon as possible to try and help Derby up the table as they chase a top six finish.
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