Derby's U23s beat Tottenham U23s and Holmes netted a superb long-range effort for the Pride Park side against the North Londoners.
A number of Derby County fans have taken to Twitter to celebrate the fact that Duane Holmes not only got more than an hour under his belt for the Rams Under-23s on Friday but also scored a goal in the 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in North London.
The United States international sustained an injury in the Championship playoff semi-final second leg win at Leeds United and not only was he ruled out for the final at Wembley but also had to withdraw from his nation's Gold Cup squad as a result (Derby website).
Holmes is now on the road to recovery and, after playing 45 minutes on Monday in the 1-0 win away to Southampton, he got another 66 minutes under his belt as the young Rams triumphed over Spurs, the 24-year-old doubling the lead before the break with a long-range shot into the top corner after Morgan Whittaker had opened the scoring.
Derby's main Twitter account shared the academy channel's update on Holmes' superb goal and added their own celebratory message:
Needless to say the update about the £1.8million-rated player (Transfermarkt) made a lot of Derby fans happy and some took the time to comment on social media:
What a man— . (@dcfcTomm) August 23, 2019
The Pocket Rocket bulges the onion bag!! ⚽️— knabby crackers (@1936Ram) August 23, 2019
Only he can save us from mid table mediocrity— Grant Sutcliffe (@GrantSutcliffe) August 23, 2019
The Duane and Wayne show from January onwards— Mark van den Steward (@marktheram7) August 23, 2019
Can he play 2 in 2 days?— Walsall Ram (@Walsall_Ram) August 23, 2019
Our best centre mid by far!— StefanBrooe (@StefanBroome) August 23, 2019
can’t wait till he’s back in the first team— will stanier (@wwill_stan) August 23, 2019
Get him off and rested for tomorrow.— Dylan 5 Roberts (@DylanRo71870094) August 23, 2019
Holmes, who joined the Derby from Scunthorpe United last summer, featured plentifully in the second half of the Championship season, making 27 appearances in the league and playoffs, according to Transfermarkt.
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