Derby fans react on Twitter as Duane Holmes scores for Rams Under-23s

5th January 2019, Pride Park, Derby, England; Emirates FA Cup third round football, Derby Country versus Southampton; Duane Holmes of Derby County on the run with the ball chased by James...

Derby's U23s beat Tottenham U23s and Holmes netted a superb long-range effort for the Pride Park side against the North Londoners.

5th January 2019, Pride Park, Derby, England; Emirates FA Cup third round football, Derby Country versus Southampton; Duane Holmes of Derby County on the run with the ball chased by James...

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:

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.

The twice-capped USMNT player scored two goals and claimed four assists for Derby in all competitions, while his overall appearance tally in 2018-19 stood at 33 (Transfermarkt).

Duane Holmes of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Birmingham City at Pride Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Derby, England.

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