Brendan Rodgers insists younger players have to be given time to develop and being fast-tracked into the first team is not always beneficial
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Manchester City are eyeing a move for Derby County's teenage sensation Will Hughes, according to the Sun. Midfielder Hughes, who has become a regular in the Rams ranks at just 17, would cost a reported £7million.
GOAL - Derby 5-0 Tranmere (Bennett)
A real hammering now at Pride Park, with Derby's fifth of the afternoon coming from Mason Bennett.
GOAL - Derby 4-0 Tranmere (Hendricks)
Jeff Hendricks comes up with a fourth for the home side and Derby are certainly into tomorrow's draw now.
GOAL - Derby 3-0 Tranmere (Brayford)
John Brayford rubs salt into the Tranmere wounds with a classy third
GOAL - Derby 2-0 Tranmere (Sammon)
A two-goal cushion for Derby, who are unbeaten in nine home games. That run of form looks like continuing, as Connor Sammon doubles the Rams' lead.
Veteran manager Jim Smith celebrates his 72nd birthday today. After an average career as a player, Smith enjoyed success as a boss, making his name at Oxford United, before spells at Portsmouth and Derby. Marauding full-back Graeme Le Saux, 43, will also be opening presents this morning.