Seven up but Derby County's Conor Sammon not gunning for strike target
CONOR Sammon has moved to seven goals for the season but the Derby County striker insists: "I don't set myself a target."
Sammon has a strike-rate of a goal every 3.7 games since his £1.2m move from Wigan in the summer.
At Kilmarnock, his club before he signed for Wigan, he hit 25 in 76 games – a goal every three matches.
Sammon was starved of first-team starts at Wigan and he is much happier with the way things are going at Derby.
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"This is such an easy place to come and fit in," he said.
"The lads are such a good, honest hard-working bunch. There are no big-time Charlies who feel they are too good to play here.
"It's been really easy for me to settle in and I am enjoying getting more game time and helping the team.
"We have got a good group of players, a young squad, and I think we are capable of big things this season.
"Physically, I feel 100 per cent, but I don't set myself a target for goals."
His best tally in a season is 19 set while plaing for Kilmarnock in 2010-11.
Clough is happy with Sammon's contribution and believes there is more to come from the 26-year-old.
"It was important for him to get another goal in the Tranmere game. That's two in two now, and seven for the season," said Clough.
"I don't think he is going to be a one-in-two striker, we never really thought that, but he can be a one-in-three striker, or something like that.
"If he plays a season you are talking about 15 goals, that's the sort of target and also everybody else benefits from him playing."
All of Sammon's goals have come in home games.
"That's just the way it has happened," said Sammon. "I cannot see a reason for that and I would like to change it and score home and away."
Clough believes Sammon can be a bit more selfish in away games.
"He is one of the reasons why we are having as much of games away from home as we are," said Clough.
"He does not give the home defence a minute, does not let them settle and get into a pattern.
"But he needs to get a goal on the road as well.
"Yes, he needs to be a bit more selfish at times. He is so team-orientated, he is keeping the ball for the team and waiting for support but occasionally he should take somebody on and get a shot off from 20 yards."