Nathan Tyson's impact as sub for Derby County hailed
NATHAN Tyson has been praised for the impact he has made as a substitute for Derby County.
But the striker has been told he will have to be patient and wait for a place in the team despite netting twice in his last four appearances from the bench.
He took his tally to four goals in 10 games this season with a stunning 90th-minute strike in the victory over Barnsley on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old also scored a late winner at Ipswich last month after he replaced Theo Robinson.
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Tyson's 10 appearances include six as a substitute and he is likely to be back on the bench when the Rams take on Millwall at The Den this afternoon. Current first-choice strikers Conor Sammon and Theo Robinson are set to keep their places but Clough admits Tyson is knocking on the door.
"Nathan cannot get in the starting 11 at the moment because of Theo and Conor but it is so important what he does for us coming off the bench whether it is for 10 minutes or for half an hour," said the manager.
"It was a great strike against Barnsley and once again he came off the bench and made an impact.
"Everyone has to play their part and it's absolutely vital that even when they come off the bench, they contribute.
"Nathan's playing his part and is contributing massively, so he needs to keep knocking on the door.
"He's pressing for a start but the front two have played so well that he understands it's difficult for him to get in."
Tyson struggled in his first season at the club following a move from Nottingham Forest last summer.
Injury decimated the first half of the 2011-12 campaign and despite making 24 appearances, he failed to score.
He has found the net this season and Clough puts it down to confidence.
"What has changed for Nathan? Confidence," said Clough. "We are playing a little bit better as well and he has better players around him.
"Once he got a goal in pre-season, I think his confidence grew from there.
"He is getting the odd goal now, which we hoped for.
"Him and Conor Sammon are not the type of strikers who just rely on goals, it is more about the work rate and what they do for the team, but they have to chip in with goals as well.
"They have both done that and other players have benefited from having them around."