Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to lavish praise on young midfielder Jason Knight.

Manager Phillip Cocu handed Knight his first Derby start in the Carabao Cup clash at Scunthorpe United. The Rams won the game 1-0, with fellow graduate Lee Buchanan netting the only goal.

It was a special evening for Derby. Seven of the 14 players who featured came through the club’s academy, and they looked a class above their League Two opposition.

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Buchanan will rightly receive the plaudits for netting the winner. The left-back controlled a wonderful ball from George Evans before driving into the box and firing home an unstoppable shot across the goalkeeper.

But Knight was the standout player for the visitors. The 18-year-old bossed the midfield for Cocu’s young side.

Here is a selection of the widespread praise on Twitter after the game:

 

Jason Knight stakes his place for a regular first-team role:

Derby have started the regime under Cocu with two wins and a draw. Performances have been good, yet there is the feeling there is still so much more to come.

Knight’s performance should put him in contention for a regular starting berth at Pride Park. He outshone senior stars such as George Evans and Graeme Shinnie at Scunthorpe while showing plenty of versatility.

The Republic of Ireland U21 international can seemingly play in different midfield roles or out wide. His best role, however, seems to be as a creative midfielder finding space in the final third, similar to Mason Mount.

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Derby and Knight’s reward for their victory at Scunthorpe is a second-round trip to east midlands rivals Nottingham Forest. It offers another chance for the Rams youngsters to impress and show they are ready for the Championship.

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