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Derby cup run thrills boss Jewell

Derby players celebrate
Nathan Ellington (right) celebrates scoring Derby's winner

Derby manager Paul Jewell hailed his side's Carling Cup quarter-final win over Stoke as "another step forward" in the club's rebuilding process.

"We had to fight, we had to scrap," said Jewell after Nathan Ellington's injury-time penalty secured victory.

"The lads showed courage and guts and that's what got us through.

"Stoke don't get enough credit for the quality of players they've got. They're a good team and we had to match them physically and mentally."

Ellington coolly rolled the ball beyond Steve Simonsen after Stoke's Andy Griffin handled Przemyslaw Kazmierczak's cross to leave referee Rob Styles with little option but to award the spot-kick.

Jewell, who was celebrating Derby first victory over Premier League opposition in 25 attempts since he took charge, admitted Ellington's nonchalance from the spot "nearly gave him a heart attack".

"People may have expected Nathan to blast a penalty in the last minute of a cup tie, but that is the way he takes penalties," said the Rams boss, whose team were relegated last season with the lowest number of points in Premier League history.

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"One of these days he is going to miss one like that and I will give him a rollicking, but that is how he does it. He waits for the keeper to move and rolls it in."

Jewell added: "It was a great victory for us. Stoke is a tough place to go to, as Arsenal, Tottenham and Aston Villa have found out.

"Stoke showed us respect by playing most of the big-hitters, and it was then an examination of character after our last three away games, all defeats."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was furious about the decision to rule out a Richard Cresswell strike for handball as well as the late penalty decision.

The Potters manager says he expects referee Rob Styles to ring him personally to apologise after seeing the decisions on television.

"Richard Cresswell has scored a goal, it's a bad decision - but Rob is only two yards away," said Pulis.

"And for the penalty which they win at the end, Rob's at the back of the box, he can't see, and the assistant referee doesn't put his flag up either.

"I'm sure Rob will ring me when he sees Richard's goal and will apologise."

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02 Dec 08 |  League Cup
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