Derby County striker Conor Sammon is in search for a consistent streak
NIGEL Clough says Derby County £1.2m striker Conor Sammon is still searching for some consistency.
Sammon has scored only twice in 16 appearances since his move from Wigan Athletic and he has been substituted in his last three games.
He was replaced by Theo Robinson after 74 minutes of Saturday's 3-0 defeat by table-toppers Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Sammon's performance in the victory at Ipswich last month was described as "outstanding" by Clough and the 26-year-old was also a handful in the home wins against Blackpool and Barnsley.
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But he had off-days against Blackburn Rovers and Millwall and a quiet afternoon at Palace.
Clough remains full of praise for Sammon's effort.
"In Conor's defence, it is the first time he has played regular first-team football in 18 months and so you are going to get that inconsistency," said Clough.
"The ball is bouncing off him a bit too much at the moment but there is no lack of effort from him.
"I thought he competed well in the air against Palace. He won a few flicks, which Craig Bryson did not quite get on the end of."
Sammon has started all but one of the last 16 games.