RUDDY GAFFE HAS HAN­SON CEL­E­BRAT­ING DE­BUT ‘GOAL’

Teenager earns Derby a point

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Dunlavy

ADE­BUT ‘goal’ for teenager Jamie Han­son saw Derby res­cue a point at Car­row Road, thanks to a shocker from Eng­land goal­keeper John Ruddy.

It was an equaliser that looked a mile off at half-time, with the in-form Ca­naries dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and de­servedly ahead through a beau­ti­fully worked opener from Cameron Jerome.

Han­son, though, had other ideas. The 19-year-old de­fender learned he was play­ing only yes­ter­day lunchtime fol­low­ing an in­jury to Omar Mas­carell.

And the academy grad­u­ate seized his op­por­tu­nity mid­way through the sec­ond half, whip­ping a peach of a cor­ner un­der the cross­bar that Ruddy jug­gled hap­lessly into his own net.

Of­fi­cially it was an own goal, but Rams boss Steve McClaren said it would be ‘crim­i­nal’ to deny Han­son his mo­ment of glory.

“It’s def­i­nitely his goal,” said McClaren. “Yes it was a fum­ble but the cor­ner was on tar­get. It would be ter­ri­ble to take it away from him.

“We lost Omar to a foot in­jury on Fri­day, which meant we had three con­trol­ling mid­field­ers out. That meant a de­but for the 19-year-old lad – and what a game to come into.

“I didn’t tell him un­til about 12 o’clock on match­day. He didn’t say much – he’s such a quiet, unas­sum­ing lad.

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