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Ireland U21 star Jason Knight ends Rams' long wait for a win ahead of Rooney bow

Wayne Rooney watched on as the 18-year-old Dubliner scored twice against Charlton.

Derby teenager Jason Knight.
Derby teenager Jason Knight.

IRISH TEENAGER Jason Knight scored twice to end 10-man Derby County’s seven-game winless run with a 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic in the final match before the start of Wayne Rooney’s Rams playing career.

Player-coach Rooney is in line to debut against Barnsley this week, formally completing a January transfer from DC United, but his new side had largely struggled in the Championship in his absence until Monday’s improved display at Pride Park.

It was a player 16 years Rooney’s junior who made the difference with his first senior goals, the opener a brave, stooping header after just 10 minutes.

The hosts were dealt a blow when ex-Charlton loanee Krystian Bielik was shown a straight red card for an awful, late lunge on Conor Gallagher, but the 10 men remained in control and Dublin native Knight steered in a clinical left-footed finish with 13 minutes remaining.

Although Lyle Taylor coolly dispatched a penalty for Charlton to set up a nervy finish, Derby held on through eight minutes of stoppage time for a precious win.

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