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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 April, 2005, 18:03 GMT 19:03 UK
Irvine hails Vaughan dream debut
Mikel Arteta congratulates Everton teenager James Vaughan (right)
Everton assistant coach Alan Irvine saluted a "dream debut" for James Vaughan after the 16-year-old became the Premiership's youngest-ever scorer.

Vaughan struck with three minutes left against Crystal Palace to replace Wayne Rooney as Everton's youngest scorer.

"It was a fantastic day for him," Irvine said. "People will make comparisons with Wayne Rooney but they are different players.

"It was terrific for him just to get on so to score made it a dream debut."

YOUNGEST PREM SCORERS
James Vaughan: 10/04/05
Everton v C Palace
16 years, 271 days
James Milner: 26/12/02
Leeds v Sunderland
16 years, 357 days
Wayne Rooney: 19/10/02
Everton v Arsenal
16 years, 361 days
Michael Owen: 06/05/97
Liverpool v Wimbledon
17 years, 144 days
The Birmingham-born striker, at 16 years and 271 days, beat the previous Premiership mark of James Milner, then at Leeds, by 86 days.

He also broke Joe Royle's record as Everton's youngest post-war player by 11 days, with Rooney 27 days older.

Irvine admitted that but for a glut of injuries at Goodison, Vaughan would probably have been kept waiting for his moment of glory.

"Young players tend to get their chance when you end up with no-one else to put in," the Scot added.

"We are very short at the moment so we gave James his chance, and he has taken it absolutely brilliantly. I am delighted for him.

"He is in his first year after leaving school and he is a very hard-working striker.

Time will tell if James gets anywhere near to Wayne Rooney
Alan Irvine

"He has a lot to learn and a lot of improvement to make, but he makes things happen when he gets on, whether that is for the youth team or now the first team.

"He's certainly a very robust player and works extremely hard and he has a happy knack for scoring goals, whether that has been for the reserves, the youth team or recently for England Under-17s.

"He's powerful and quick, brave and committed. The run he made to get into the position to score just showed the amount of aggression the lad has.

"He certainly has plenty to learn and plenty to improve on in terms of technique, but he does make things happen.

"Time will tell if James gets anywhere near to Wayne Rooney, it would be fantastic for us all if he did but clearly it would be a bit unfair to say he is the next Rooney because he is the first James Vaughan.

"James likes to play right up at the front. Wayne, as we all know, prefers to drop deep and turn to run at defenders."




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