Will Hughes plays a cameo role in young Rams' win
WILL Hughes was a surprise inclusion in the Derby County Under-18 squad for last night's FA Youth Cup fourth round victory over Ipswich Town.
The 17-year-old midfielder – a first-team regular for the Rams – came on as a 69th-minute substitute as Darren Wassall's side triumphed 3-2 at Pride Park Stadium.
They will take on Manchester City at home in the fifth round.
"Will qualifies as a youth team player, so there is always a chance of him being available and I think he enjoyed his little cameo appearance," said Academy manager Wassall.
"It was always the plan to give him a run-out for the last 20 or 25 minutes and it gave the lads a timely boost when he came on."
Central defender Jamie Hanson netted the winning goal with a fine free kick in the 79th minute.
"Jamie is a dead ball specialist and it was a fantastic free kick that was good enough to win any game," Wassall added.
"The tie could have gone either way but, overall, I think we just shaded it."
Match report on Page 43.