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Jewell happy to reward supporters

Paul Jewell
Paul Jewell took Wigan Athletic to the League Cup final in 2006

Derby County manager Paul Jewell is pleased to have given the fans a reward by helping the Rams reach their first League Cup semi-final in 40 years.

An injury time Nathan Ellington penalty saw off Premier League outfit Stoke City to book Derby's semi-final place.

And Jewell told BBC Radio Derby: "These fans are fantastic. They've not stopped singing since the first whistle and it gives them something to hang on to.

"I'm pleased for the supporters and the chairman as much as anyone else."

Derby lost 4-2 on aggregate to eventual winners Leeds United the only previous time they reached the semi-final stage in 1968.

And Jewell, who took Wigan Athletic to the League Cup final in 2006, is confident that the Rams can this time get over the next hurdle.

"There hasn't been a great deal of success for Derby in the past," he said, "so it's no good getting to the semi-finals and not winning them."

Fellow Championship side Burnley also made it through to the last four beating a young Arsenal side 2-0.

Watford failed to make it three Championship side in the last four when they lost at home to Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.

The other quarter-final was won by Manchester United, conquerors of Jewell's Wigan in the 2006 final at the Millennium Stadium.

United beat Blackburn Rovers 5-3 at Old Trafford to earn their place in this Saturday's lunchtime draw (6 December, 1200 GMT).

The first leg of the League Cup semi-final will be the week commencing 5 January, just days after the Rams' FA Cup third round trip to Forest Green.

The second leg will be a fortnight later, the week commencing 19 January.

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