Derby v Blackburn: Paul Robinson impressed by Rovers sub Leon Best
Fit-again Leon Best will bag plenty of goals for Blackburn this season, Paul Robinson told Sky Sports.
Last Updated: 06/08/13 10:35am
The former Newcastle frontman joined Rovers for a fee in excess of £3million last summer, but swiftly ruptured his knee ligaments and only returned to action in March.
However, the Republic of Ireland international emerged from the bench during the Ewood Park side's Championship opener at Derby on Sunday to net in the 89th-minute and salvage his troop a draw.
And Rovers 'keeper Paul Robinson, who watched the clash in the Sky Sports studio, feels Best will ripple the net on many occasions this season as Blackburn push for promotion back to the Premier League.
"[The goal was] fantastic for Besty as he has worked so hard with the physios and medical staff and got himself really fit in pre-season," said ex-England custodian Robinson, who joined his current club from Tottenham in 2008.
"He is a really nice and lively lad, and I think this is just the start for him as he has Premier League experience and lots of goals in him.
"The fact he came on as a substitute shows that we have a lot of good players; we also have Gael Givet and David Dunn and our new signing Matthew Kilgallon to come in so we have good strength in depth and good character."
Blackburn struggled last year during their first campaign back in the Championship and only finished in 17th place, four points above the final relegated side, Peterborough.
But Robinson believes his team can take great heart from the way they fought back to earn a point at Pride Park, and says that after a turbulent few seasons, there is now a calmness in the camp with Gary Boywer having been installed as manager on a permanent basis.
"This is a draw that feels like a win," he added. "It's a huge boost for the manager and the team and something we would have taken beforehand - but we can also take a lot from the performance.
"Gary has got the players' respect, is very calm and his man-management is fantastic; he is not a shouter and a baller and there are no rumblings in the dressing room."
Derby defender Shaun Barker, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, watched the encounter with Robinson for Sky Sports, and admitted he was frustrated his team-mates could not secure victory.
But he is confident County can propel themselves into contention for a play-off berth this season following the £750,000 arrival of Dundee United striker Johnny Russell, who netted the Rams' goal from the penalty spot (43) against Blackburn.
"I think it was a fair result as Blackburn deserved something from the game and were good throughout, but having led until late on we are disappointed not to win," said Barker.
"Last season we conceded too many goals so when we brought John Eustace on to sit in front of the back four, we probably thought we would have kept a clean sheet.
"It wasn't to be but we have got a team and togetherness that can see us fight for the top six."
On Russell, the former Rotherham and Blackpool player added: "I thought we saw his quality outside the box with the balls he put in and while he is predominantly a striker who likes to play on the shoulder, he can play out wide.
"He has a good touch and awareness and works his socks off and we are expecting him to score goals for us this season, and the hustle, bustle and strength of [strike partner] Chris Martin should create some space for him."