The 22-year-old midfielder was more than pleased with his second senior appearance since returning from a serious knee injury.
Thorne, 22, sealed a £3 million permanent move to the Championship club from West Bromwich Albion in the summer, but suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in a preseason clash against Zenit St Petersburg which ruled him out for the following six months.
The ex-England Under-21 international made his first-team comeback from the start of Saturday’s hard-fought 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday, however, picking up an assist during his hour-long run out, and has now further proved his fitness with an impressive 70-minute showing against the Addicks.
Good win & important clean sheet! On to Fulham Saturday— George Thorne (@GeorgeThorne15) February 24, 2015
I'm not injured lol! Knee's fine— George Thorne (@GeorgeThorne15) February 24, 2015
The Rams took the lead at the iPro Stadium after just 10 minutes when Jeff Hendrick turned in Darren Bent’s cross from close range, before doubling their lead soon after through Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard’s well-taken finish from his fellow goalscorer’s through ball.
Now on a seven-match unbeaten run, the win takes them two points clear of Middlesbrough at the top of the table and, with the arrivals of Thorne and loanees Bent, Lingard and Tom Ince, Steven McClaren’s side look like an excellent bet to return to the top-flight for the first time since 2008.