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Irish Teenager Bags 2 Goals And Gets Man Of The Match In Derby's Win Over Charlton

Irish Teenager Bags 2 Goals And Gets Man Of The Match In Derby's Win Over Charlton

18 year-old Jason Knight has had one hell of a December.

The Irish u21 international had already been attracting the plaudits of his manager, Phillip Cocu, following his performances in recent weeks but the youngster kicked into another gear on Monday night, scoring twice and picking up the man of the match award in Derby's 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic.

The young midfielder - starting his fifth Championship match in quick succession - became only the second Derby player this century aged 18 or younger to score twice in a match.

Knight's first goal was as much about bravery as it was about skill, nodding home a loose ball after an initial save from Charlton's goalkeeper Dillon Phillips. It was Knight's first ever goal for the club.

With 20 minutes to go Knight popped up again, this time coolly slotting home a cross with his left foot to give his side a comfortable lead.

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Although Derby conceded a goal late on, Knight's brace was enough to see them home and earn hiM the man of the match award.

His new player-coach Wayne Rooney has already been gushing about the Cabinteely graduate on RamsTV earlier this week:

I've been really impressed with the way they've trained, particularly Knighty. His energy, his attitude. He almost reminds me of myself when I was younger in terms of no fear.

And he's got an aggression about him, not in terms of how he's tackling, but in terms of how he runs, how he gets about the pitch. I'm looking forward to see how they do as I feel he can give us a lot of energy and a lot of creativity.

Here's hoping we see more of the same from him in 2020.

See Also: Wayne Rooney Pays Ultimate Compliment To Young Irish Midfielder

Mark Farrelly
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Balls Media Audience Development Manager. Former Miss World 1997 contestant.

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