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Carabao Cup: Derby County's Harry Wilson claims Player of the Round honour

19 October 2018

Derby County's Harry Wilson has been awarded the Carabao Cup Round Three Player of the Round for his performance against Manchester United...

The on-loan winger received the accolade after beating off competition from Norwich City's Jordan Rhodes, Manchester City's Phil Foden and Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend, via a vote held on social media.

After Juan Mata's third-minute opener, and with hopes of qualification to the Fourth Round diminishing for his side, it was Wilson who stepped up in spectacular fashion. The 21-year old struck a 30-yard, dipping free-kick, to deceive Sergio Romero and equalise at Old Trafford.

Whilst a goal of that magnitude is reason in itself to be crowned the Player of the Round, Wilson's all-round performance had the Premier League side's defence on the backfoot throughout.

Not one to show pressure, Wilson also stepped up in the penalty shootout and calmly dispatched his spot kick en route to a fantastic evening for the youngster and Derby County, as they progressed to the Fourth Round to face Chelsea.

Upon receiving his award, Wilson said: "I'm delighted to win it - I think the performance we put in at Old Trafford was great. It wasn't just me who played well, I thought to a man we were all fantastic.

"To come away with the win made it even better, but we were confident we could go there and put in a good performance. Especially as we conceded so early on in the game, we re-grouped and played the style of football we wanted to.

"I remember standing over the free-kick with Mason Mount and discussing if it was too far out. We knew Manchester United were a physical team and had a lot of height so I decided to try and hit it. I was just looking for a good connection and luckily it went in.

"It was a mixture of nerves and excitement during the penalty shootout. The quality of the pens, and the saves Scott Carson made was no less than we deserved from the game. We can all look forward to a trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea now."


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