Derby County held Brentford to a goalless draw last night and many fans have heaped praise on teenage debutant Kornell McDonald.
The 19-year-old came off the bench to replace the injured Curtis Davies after 65 minutes against a Bees side with some frankly frightening attacking players.
Ivan Toney has made a strong start to life in the Championship, scoring 14 times in 17 games, while Josh Dasilva, Emiliano Marcondes, and Bryan Mbeumo combined for 19 goals and seven assists last term.
McDonald helped the Rams to keep those players, and a string of other dangerous weapons, out last night as Wayne Rooney’s men earned a draw that has seen them move to within one point of safety.
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The teenager only signed professional terms with the East Midlands club this summer but has made a strong start to the season with the U23s.
Naturally an attack-minded right-back, McDonald impressed against Brentford last night though there were some natural moments of adjustment.
— Kornell McDonald (@kornell_m) December 9, 2020
As his post on social media shows, the player is hoping for more opportunities after his first taste of senior football.
Rooney will feel that his faith in the defender was repaid in last night’s display and the Derby academy graduate certainly seems to have won other parts of the Pride Park faithful.
Many supporters took to Twitter to voice their thoughts after the game…
Thought McDonald looked good when he came on. Think Kazim-Richards and Bielik have been superb recently and just what we’ve lacked. Decent away point at a good side. Another clean sheet. Definitely an improvement. McClaren’s influence? #dcfc
— Dan (@Dan_Walls_) December 9, 2020
— KieranDayaRAM (@kierandcfc) December 9, 2020
AMEIN to that my brother 🙌🏽 you didn’t look out of place at all, congratulations 🙌🏽🐏🐏🐏 just get up quicker from those kneecaps in the nose 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/VY8epe5zl5
— Shane Nicholson (@Shinner144) December 10, 2020
Fantastic! Congratulations and hope the bleeding has stopped. Robbed of a debut penno. pic.twitter.com/zpJdQqEoUY
— Keith Mansfield📚🚀✨ (@KeithMansfield) December 9, 2020
Congratulations, @kornell_m . Brentford away is one of the tougher games in the Championship and you came on at a crucial time in the match. Look forward to seeing more of you in. Rams shirt
— Stuart Hughes (@StuartHughes65) December 10, 2020
Certainly didnt look out of place….futures rosey in a Rams shirt
— Richie69 (@1stTeamHasBeen) December 10, 2020
Congratulations! You put in a good shift too! Many more to come I’m sure!
— Andy Buckley-Taylor (@BuckTaylor64) December 10, 2020
You played so well, fully deserved🐏🖤
— Keeley💛 (@keeleymitchellx) December 9, 2020
Fantastic from you today, onto the next 🐏🥳
— leah🐑 (@Chandler00Leah) December 9, 2020
You did well and looked the part!! 👍🏼
— Benny Mac (@bennymac1976) December 10, 2020
Looked class when you came on today mate 👍🐏
— adam_ (@adam8_dcfc) December 9, 2020