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Derbyshire Joy at First Rovers Goal

Having scored his first senior goal for Blackburn Rovers Matt Derbyshire could not hide his delight; and I (as I'm sure the rest of you do) also share it!

In his ninth competitive match for the club, with all but one coming as a substitute and a late one at that more often than not he opened his Rovers account after scoring the second goal in the 3-0 win over Wigan Athletic on New Years day. When speaking to the Official Blackburn Rovers website Derbyshire said:

"It's a dream come true, brilliant.

"Being a Blackburn fan, and to score in front of the supporters is unbelievable. Even though it was only a tap in, I'm delighted with it, and the three points at the end of it.

"But it's still about being in the right place at the right time, I just reacted off Morten's header and I was in the right spot to put it in. Hopefully there'll be more."

At the start of the season it was very much thought, if not expected that Matty would go out on loan again to gain more first team experience but he stayed with Rovers and continued to score goals for fun again in the reserves and when injuries handed him a chance in the first team he took it; putting in some impressive performances finally getting the goal he deserves.

Despite being only 20-years of age he has a very level head on his shoulders and acknowledges that he will have to remain patient as staring opportunities like the one he got against Nancy in the UEFA Cup in December will be hard to come across for the time being at least, but he is happy to bide his time as he continues to learn:

"I feel I'm now very much part of the first team. The manager has slowly brought me in, and I've had to be very patient, he added.

"I might have to be on the bench for another 12 months, but if I am then I will just learn and learn and learn."

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 2 2007

Time: 10:17PM

Your Comments

I have great faith in Matty's ability and goalscoring potential and feel he'll go on to be a great goalscorer for Rovers. So long as he continues to be given chances albeit from the bench he'll continue to improve and learn and will be with Rovers for at least the next decade. He is also EXACTLY what you want; not some journeyman mercenary just out for a bumper payday (not saying we have this at present by any means) he's a local lad who WANTS to play for the club he loves and has great pride in playing for the shirt. I look forward to many more goals Matty, I don't merely HOPE they will arrive I know the WILL!
Hughes Da Man
Fair play HDM, you've been highlighting Derbyshire for these past few weeks and now he's got his first goal he can go on to score more. As long as both he and McCarthy have off-days against the Rs!
Rogue
Derbyshire will get more and more chances and he will take them with no doubt in my mind. He is a young kid that as stated wants to play for the club and who better to learn off than Benni and Hughes himself!! He'll be a star
Clint
Just shows how good our Academy is that true blackburn fans like Gally and Matty have made it through the ranks... And you're right Clint, who better to learn from...
Ex Ewood Resident
I know I've probably bored some people ranting on about Matty for WEEKS but he does have something special about him, so thanks Rogue for the mention :)
Hughes Da Man
Absolutely guys we do have a great Academy and I'm sure SEVERAL more will follow in the footsteps and make MASSIVE impacts on the first team in the coming years. There are few better strikers in European, no World football than Benni and Sparky so Matty will learn so much from them. Playing alongside Benni is helping Matty so much, you can see it. They have the potential of an interesting partnership.
Hughes Da Man
Good luck to the kid. He has knocked and knocked and know the door has opened for him. Hopefully he continues to make his chances count and develop into a top flight regular goalscorer
sasman
Go on Matty... Blackburn loves you.
MikeyGamst
Everyone loves a local lad come good, come on lets admit it even us big strong, football watching, beer swilling fans like a good fairytale story! The Derbyshire scenario has the potential to be just that :)
Hughes Da Man
 

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