Derby County supporters took to Twitter to lavish praise on forward Martyn Waghorn following his excellent display during his side’s FA Cup third round penalty shootout win over Southampton.

The Rams came from 2-0 down to defeat their top-flight opposition, booking their place in the FA Cup fourth round.

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Similar to the first game, it was Saints forward Nathan Redmond who tormented the Rams defence as he coolly shipped in his side’s second goal after Stuart Armstrong had given the hosts a second-half lead.

But just like the first game, Derby came back from a two-goal deficit with Waghorn heading in the equaliser. Writing on Twitter, supporters felt their summer signing was excellent throughout.

Waghorn joined Derby from Ipswich Town in the summer for a reported £5 million fee, according to Sky Sports. He arrived as the Tractor Boys’ leading scorer from last term, netting 16 league goals.

But the former Leicester City man hasn’t been a regular feature for Frank Lampard’s side. In fact, the 28-year-old has only made 11 Championship starts this season, scoring twice and grabbing one assist.

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Time for Martyn Waghorn to kick on

Many Derby supporters would have expected more. Waghorn, however, is showing signs of settling at Pride Park, despite being played out of position as to accommodate Jack Marriott through the middle.

Waghorn, Marriott and Harry Wilson make a potentially lethal front three full of energy and goals. Lampard’s biggest test this season though has been keeping them all fit at the same time.

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With David Nugent, Tom Lawrence, Duane Holmes and Florian Jozefzoon also battling for a spot in Derby’s attack, Waghorn, 28, has plenty of competition for places yet Derby do look a better outfit with him in the side.

There is no coincidence that Derby’s best performances this season, against West Bromwich Albion (A), Middlesbrough (A) and Southampton (A), have featured Waghorn, and perhaps his well-taken header against the Saints will be the springboard for more goals to come.

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