New boy Conor Sammon paid price for honesty in his effort to find net on Derby County debut
DEBUTANT Conor Sammon felt he paid the price for being "too honest" in Derby County's 2-0 defeat by Bolton Wanderers.
The £1.2m signing from Wigan Athletic had a chance to open his account for the Rams and put them ahead at the Reebok Stadium as early as the fourth minute.
Frank Fielding's clearance deflected off Nathan Tyson and ran into the path of Sammon, who held off the challenge of defender Matt Mills but was denied by home keeper Adam Bogdan.
Derby manager Nigel Clough thought the Irish striker was fouled in the build-up and that last-man Mills might have been sent off had it been given by referee Craig Pawson.
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"It was a big moment in the game," said Sammon.
"I tried to take a touch across the defender (Mills) to make it difficult for him.
"I think I was guilty of being too honest, because I stayed on my feet and tried to get on the end of it.
"I just remember Nathan getting a touch and the ball dropping right in front of me. I was just focused on trying to get a shot off.
"I was keen to get on the end of it and score the first goal for my new team.
"That could have changed the game."
While Clough was unhappy with Bolton's 76th-minute opener – he felt Richard Keogh was fouled by goal-scorer Kevin Davies – Sammon believes Derby were unlucky to have an effort ruled out shortly after the interval.
John Brayford hooked the ball into the net from close-range after Bogdan fumbled Paul Coutts' corner but Tyson was penalised for a push on the keeper.
"I didn't think there was anything in it," said Sammon.
"Nathan is honest and was looking to play the ball.
"His eyes were on the ball and we were disappointed the ref didn't give the goal."
Chris Eagles sealed the points for Bolton with a second goal in the first minute of added time.
Despite the result, Sammon enjoyed his first run-out in a Derby shirt and feels there were plenty of encouraging signs for the Rams.
"I was delighted to get the chance to start and was really keen to help the team," said the former Kilmarnock man.
"I thought we played really well. We were right at Bolton from the start.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game but we more than matched them.
"We had chances and games change on those moments.
"Unfortunately, we didn't take our chances this time.
"I think 2-0 was harsh on us. It was a very even game at times.
"The first goal was always going to have a massive bearing on the game.
"Unfortunately, we didn't get that goal but I think there are a lot of positives to take from it.
"It was great to make my Derby County debut but I'm just a bit frustrated not to have scored a goal.
"I'm disappointed with that but I thought we created some good chances and we will look to move on from here."
Sammon was substituted after 69 minutes at Bolton as he is still building up his match fitness.
"Over pre-season, I've trained very hard but there's nothing quite like a match situation," he added.
"I didn't get the chance to play a full 90 minutes in pre-season, so I'll be stepping up my training and doing everything I can to make sure I'm able to last a full game.
"I was feeling a bit of cramp late on and I think it was the best decision to bring someone fresh on."