Derby County ran out winners in their Carabao Cup clash against Scunthorpe United last night, and specialist first-team coach Liam Rosenior is pleased with all aspects of the evening.
Philip Cocu fielded a new-look Rams side with Curtis Davies making a long-awaited return from injury, youngsters Jason Knight and Max Bird featured, whilst Lee Buchanan debuted and scored the winning goal.
The Rams have had success with players coming through the academy in recent years, most notably Mason Bennett and Jayden Bogle, and it is an area of huge importance for chairman Mel Morris.
In fact, one of the main reason’s Cocu got the job was due to his track record of working with young players, and he has already shown he can do that Derby, with the two debutant defenders helping to keep a clean sheet.
Rosenior joined the club in the summer and his Championship experience is already proving valuable to Philip Cocu, who remains undefeated as Rams boss, with only goal – a penalty – conceded in his three games in charge.
The former defender wasn’t the only one pleased by the harmony shown between the young and senior players in the squad last night either, with some fans responding in a similar manner.
Exactly what I thought, there was one moment when Jason Knight had been fouled on the goalline after a decent run, as he was getting up Shinnie was over to him patting him on the head and encouraging, like an older brother. Brilliant to see.
— Eddie Repton ???????? ???????? ???????? (@eddiebikeride) August 14, 2019
Top man Liam…keep the boys at it ????????
— LondonRam (@RamAbrazil1970) August 14, 2019
Well done, Liam. Great work being put on show already.
— Al (@A1BWFC) August 14, 2019
Bring on forest!! Love having you all at the club. Can clearly see the improvement on and off the pitch. Keep up the good work lads ????
— Joe (@_JoeMDCFC) August 14, 2019
Great team spirit on display! Just one thought though,is it worth considering bringing in Danny Simpson ,as he’s a free agent,as cover for Jayden?
— Richard Carson (@Nogbad50) August 14, 2019
We. Are. Derby. ⚫️⚪️⚽️???? pic.twitter.com/DSSOx0WARS
— Ram van der 1972 (@MikeSatterlee) August 14, 2019