Midfielder Jason Knight scored Derby County’s third goal as they beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at Hillsborough - and he was delighted to help earn the Rams a valuable three points on the road.
Tom Lawrence had given the Rams the early lead, with a heavily deflected shot from 25 yards which deceived goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.
Not long after, the forward doubled his tally for the afternoon as he found the corner from Chris Martin’s lay-off to put the Rams two to the good.
And Knight added gloss to a perfect first half performance as he met another impressive through ball from Martin to smartly finish into the bottom corner to put the Rams in complete control.
It was only his fourth professional goal of his career after making his breakthrough into Phillip Cocu’s squad at the start of the season.
And Knight, who has made 24 appearances so far during the campaign , was pleased to add his name to the scoresheet and help the Rams claim all three points against the Owls.
“It was a good result in the end,” he told RamsTV. “We knew it was going to be a tough place to get a result at so we are delighted to come away with three points.
“We knew scoring a third would be vital in the end and we knew they would come out strong in the second half and we expected that.
“We were very clinical in front of goal and we had good passing leading up to the goals.
“Chris Martin has done very well with all the goals and Tom Lawrence has done very well for his two. I’ve obviously scored as well and that is a good feeling.”
Following a brace against Charlton Athletic just before the New Year, and another strike against Middlesbrough in January, the Academy produc has enjoyed a successful season so far.
His finish this afternoon showed how far not only himself, but how far the Rams have come this season and that was epitomised in his goal this afternoon.
“It was a great pass from Chrissy,” he recalled. “I took an alright touch and then it was a good finish, I would say!
“I haven’t really got a target for goals. I just want to help the team as much as I can and win as many games as we can, that’s the main objective.”
It was just what Derby needed following a run of four games without a win and the 2-1 defeat against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.
Knight was keen to praise the 2,500 travelling fans, who once again showed their support to the Rams.
“We knew we needed to show a reaction for the fans and for the club,” he admitted. “It was a disappointing loss on Tuesday night but we showed that today.
“The fans were amazing all afternoon. I’m not sure how many there were but it was great to see.”