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golden boy Ireland’s Jason Knight 'delighted' to score first goal of the season in front of his parents

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Derby County's Jason Knight celebrates

Derby County's Jason Knight celebrates

Derby County's Jason Knight celebrates

Republic of Ireland starlet Jason Knight declared he was 'delighted' to get his first goal of the season as he caught the eye in Derby's 2-2 draw against Luton in front of his watching parents.

Derby stretched their unbeaten run to four games in a game that saw them lead twice against a battling Hatters side, with Dubliner Knight's goal after 60 minutes his first at club level in 2021.

Tom Lawrence fired Derby ahead before Fred Onyedinma equalised, before Knight drove a shot under Simon Sluga to restore the home side’s lead.

Luton then had the final word when Elijah Adebayo beat Ryan Allsop to a cross to head home seven minutes from the end.

"We scored two good goals and when you do that, you think you will come out with three points," Knight told Rams TV.

"I'm delighted (to get off the mark for the season). That is something I'm trying to up all the time, to get more goals and assists. The more I can do that, the better for me and the club."

Knight missed the start of this season after picking up an injury after a training ground tackle from with boss Wayne Rooney and he is pleased to be back in action.

"It was tough," he added. "You always get these knocks in your career and I'm glad to be back and playing and hopefully score a few more goals.

"It was great to see some Irish fans in the crowd from Galway at the end and me Mam, Dad and little brother are over as well, so it was great to see them."

Derby boss Rooney was disappointed his side failed to take their chance to claim a much needed win on a night when defensive mistakes cost them dearly.

"It was a tough one to take," said Rooney. "I felt we did enough to win the game, scored two good goals and then we conceded two very sloppy goals which we haven’t been doing.

"We know long throw-ins are difficult to deal with but we’ve dealt really well with them of late so that was disappointing to concede from that.

"We had a great reaction with a very good goal from Jason Knight but then obviously it’s a clear mistake from Ryan Allsop which has cost us three points.

"We are competing in every game and we know we are a hard team to play against but I’m frustrated tonight with one point."

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