Central defender Eiran Cashin was delighted to net his first professional goal as Derby County beat Blackpool 2-0 at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.
The defender netted Derby’s second of the game as he met a cross from Malcolm Ebiowei, who also scored for the first time in his career against the Seasiders, and headed the ball into the bottom corner to secure all three points.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Rams who had a lot to thank goalkeeper Kelle Roos for as his first half penalty save from Gary Madine kept the scores level.
Ebiowei’s goal came with just under 20 minutes of the game remaining as he tapped home from close range, whilst Cashin’s header sent 4,000 Derby supporters into raptures.
The defender, who has risen through the club’s youth ranks to the first-team, was delighted to net his first goal for the Rams.
“It was a good feeling and nice to get my first goal - and also get a clean sheet,” he told RamsTV. “It was nice for the fans, they were great today and all season they have been immense.
“They were so loud today and it was properly rocking so it was nice to get them a win and they can enjoy that.
“We struggled a little bit today, especially at the start of the second half and they had a bit of momentum and that’s when you need people like Kelle Roos to stand up and be counted and make some good saves, and that’s what he did.
“He made some key saves at key moments, especially with the penalty save in the first half, but after that making some great one-on-one saves so we have a lot to thank him for.
“That helped us then to recompose ourselves and go again and that’s what we did.”
Talking through his goal, Cashin added: “I started out offside, gave a little bump and found myself open so I just thought I would get the ball on target and luckily it’s gone in and I made good contact.
“The adrenaline takes you away but the fans were unreal and it’s nice to give back to them and finally get them an away win.
“We know we have gone down but the support they have shown us all season, even though it’s been tough and our away form hasn’t been great, it’s nice to pay them back and hopefully they can enjoy it.”
The Rams recorded their first victory away from home since the 2-1 success against Stoke City in December and Cashin believes a strong end to the campaign could set the Rams up for a good season next year.
“I’m sure the fans will be right at it and hopefully we can put on a show and get another three points and finish the season off in the right way,” he concluded.