McLeish backs Derbyshire to keep on scoring

08 January 2011 07:00
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish hopes Matt Derbyshire's brace against Millwall will inspire the striker to keep on scoring for the rest of the season. Derbyshire has struggled to make an impact since his summer loan move from Olympiacos but was in fine form on Saturday, grabbing a well-taken double in the 4-1 destruction of the npower Championship side at the New Den. Birmingham's poor scoring record in the league - where they average just one goal a game - has led to McLeish step up his efforts to bolster his strike force by targeting Rangers striker Kenny Miller, who is expected to sign next week. But Miller may face strong competition for a place up front from Derbyshire if he builds on his efforts and McLeish hopes the double strike will give the 24-year-old some much-needed confidence. "Matt has been waiting for his opportunity. He played in a couple of Carling Cup games but looked a little short of fitness in the first few months, but those goals will do his confidence the world of good," said McLeish. "Strikers thrive on confidence and he will benefit from that. He did well with his first goal and it was great to see it nestling in the back of the net."

Source: PA

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