HAT-TRICK hero Kieran Sadlier heaped praise on one of his young Rotherham United teammates after the Millers' 5-0 EFL Trophy over romp over Manchester City Under-21s tonight.
Sadlier went home with the matchball and singled out the part teenage prospect Ciaran McGuckin played in his second-half treble at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
The 17-year-old Northern Ireland youth international, making his Millers debut, set up the former Doncaster Rovers man's second strike of the evening, an 81st-minute volley.
"It was great play from Ciaran," the scorer said. " A lot of players wouldn't have headed the ball back, they would have gone for goal.
"For a young lad, that was great awareness. That's why I made a point of going over to him and saying 'Well done'."
Sadlier also hit the target from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute and with a superb curling free-kick in the closing stages of the group-stage tie.
"The free-kick, I was always going to shoot." he said. "I was not crossing that! I wanted the hat-trick.
I could have scored even more. I had a few other chances. I'm happy with the performance and the goals."
Rotherham, having won all three of their group-stage games, are guaranteed a home tie when the knockout phase begins.