Championship: Derby boss Steve McClaren hails 'natural' Patrick Bamford
Steve McClaren described Patrick Bamford as a "natural goalscorer" after his goal earned Derby a 1-1 draw at Blackburn.
Last Updated: 25/01/14 7:08pm
The 20-year-old is on loan from Chelsea having enjoyed a 17-goal spell at MK Dons earlier in the season and scored for the second successive game to cancel out Rudy Gestede's header after 47 minutes.
It was a result that leaves the Rams fourth in the Sky Bet Championship and McClaren thinks the young forward will be a "real asset" as the battle for promotion comes to a boil.
He said: "He's come in, his temperament is fantastic. It's as if he's been here for years. I think he's shown in the two games the qualities he's got. He's a natural goalscorer and the goal, there was no backlift. It was just hit early with pace, power. We've got a real asset on our hands.
"He's got a long way to go and a lot to learn but he's a sensible and very intelligent boy and he's making the right steps. He wants to play every game but he's being patient and showing everybody what he can do when he comes on. We've got three games this week and he'll definitely start one."
McClaren felt it would have been an "injustice" if his team had failed to take anything from the game.
"We're disappointed not to have won the game," he said. "It was scrappy in the first half, nothing in the game, with half-chances at both ends.
"After conceding the goal, the response of the team was great. We got the ball down and played.
"We were positive with our substitutions and it's great when you've got people who can come off the bench and make an impact and with 20 minutes to go I thought we were in control of the game.
"It was only a matter of time and would have been an injustice if we hadn't have scored at least one, which we did."
Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer found it "tiring" to be talking about penalties again after late substitute Todd Kane was denied a spot kick.
The defender was sent through on the right just after the equaliser and appeared to be upended by Craig Forsyth but stayed on his feet and Bowyer felt his honesty should have been rewarded.
He said: "We did have a penalty in the second half again. It's the second week running I'm talking about penalties that should or shouldn't be given against us, and at the moment we aren't getting them. Perhaps it's because we're too young and nice on the pitch.
"The rules of the game do not state that when you have a penalty you have to go down for it. Unfortunately the referee doesn't see it like that. If it's outside the box, guess what? It's a free-kick.
"If it's inside the box, he doesn't give it because he's not gone down and it's getting a bit tiring to be honest."
Rovers have gone three games in all competitions without winning but the draw puts them within three points of sixth-place Reading, and Bowyer believes the point against Derby could be seen as a good one come the end of the season.
"Once they scored to go 1-1, the momentum was with them. Full credit to our boys because they stuck at it and didn't give in," Bowyer said.
"It could have been easy for us to have gone and lost that but they didn't, they stuck at it. That is the positive.
"It's a decent point at the end of the game."