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Sammon hasty as well as tasty

12 September 2012

By Tony Leighton

No-one is looking forward more than Derby County new boy Conor Sammon to the resumption of club football following the fortnight's international break.

Striker Sammon was a £1.2million signing by the npower Championship club from Premier League outfit Wigan Athletic during the August transfer window.

And he introduced himself to Pride Park with a goalscoring home debut as Derby hammered Watford 5-0 in their final game before the international break.

This coming Saturday will see the Rams travelling to Huddersfield Town before entertaining Charlton Athletic and then Burnley in successive home fixtures.

Sammon told football-league.co.uk: "Going back into the dressing room after winning, scoring a goal and being on such a high, you think, 'when's the next game?'

"Having to wait two weeks is a bit frustrating, but it's given us the chance to refresh ourselves and do some serious training, and we'll be gunning to go at Huddersfield."

Former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Sammon believes that his goal against Watford can kick-start a successful stay at Pride Park.

He said: "When you sign for a new team, especially as a striker, you want to hit the ground running and get your first goal as soon as possible.

"So I was delighted to score against Watford and I feel that, because we create a lot of chances, there will be plenty of opportunities for me in the games coming up.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know the lads better game by game and to getting fitter and stronger after not having too much game time for Wigan in pre-season.

"I've always trained hard though, trying to keep myself as strong and powerful as possible, but there's nothing like playing 90 minutes in a competitive match.

"So I'm delighted to get that opportunity here at Derby and I'll be looking to keep my strength, match fitness and confidence growing - and I think the goals will come.

"If we can keep being a threat in the opposition box and take our chances at crucial moments then there's no reason why we can't go on scoring goals."

If Derby can indeed go on scoring goals they will perhaps mount the sustained promotion challenge they have threatened but failed to deliver in the last two seasons.

In both 2010/11 and last term, the Rams spent time in the Championship's Play-Off places but then faded to finish well below the top six.

Can they make it third time lucky?

"The most important thing," said 25-year-old Sammon, "is that we take it game by game and don't get ahead of ourselves.

"The manager [Nigel Clough] has built a really good side. We're a young team but we get the ball down, pass it well and have that cutting edge.

"We've a good group of lads and good team spirit, I can see that from the short time I've been here - and if we keep doing the simple things right we can do really well."

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