Derby boss Paul Jewell says he is facing a selection headache following Emanuel Villa's Carling Cup hat-trick at Brighton.

Argentinian striker Villa completed his first hat-trick for Derby with two late goals, while Nathan Ellington was also on target for the Rams in a 4-1 win.

Villa scored at both ends in Derby's 1-1 Championship draw against Nottingham Forest last weekend, and Jewell said: "Villa is a man in form. Strikers thrive on confidence and I am very pleased for him. He's a cracking lad and this will do him a lot of good."

He added: "It will give me plenty to think about as regards team selection."

Jewell confessed he was delighted with the final score but not with the overall performance and moaned: "We haven't got the Forest match out of our system.

"It was a long journey down and with two games in quick succession we looked jaded at times. But the players deserve credit for getting through."

Derby now entertain Leeds in the fourth round next Wednesday and Jewell is looking forward to a hard fought contest.

He enthused: "There's bound to be a tremendous atmosphere. Leeds are doing very well and it has got the makings of a decent game."

Derby have lost only one of their last dozen games and Jewell is determined to keep the good run going.

He added: "We weren't at our best against Brighton but nevertheless the signs are good for the future. We now face a tough league game against Reading who I believe are the best team in the league. We will need to be at our best."

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