NEW dad Matt Derbyshire smashed a dramatic last minute winner against Newcastle United at the weekend - and then dedicated it to his new baby sons.

The 21-year-old striker celebrated the safe arrival of twins Callum and Braidin, who were born last Wednesday, in fine style at St James' Park, scoring the only goal of the game in the 90th minute to deliver Rovers' first Premier League double of the Magpies.

That completed an amazing few days for the Rovers striker, who wasn't expecting to play against United until he got a late call from manager Mark Hughes.

A delighted Derbyshire said: "It's been a great week. I've become the father of two beautiful children, Braidin and Callum, and I scored the goal which got us the three points.

"I've wanted to celebrate the arrival of the twins for a couple of days and what a perfect way to do it.

"I wondered whether I was going to be able to play, to be honest, because my partner Melissa was in labour for such a long time.

"But I had a day off on Thursday and then spoke to Eddie Niedzwiecki and the gaffer, and they said come in on Friday ready to travel, so I was there, ready for it.

"And I'm delighted I got the goal."

Overjoyed at becoming a father for the first time, Derbyshire raced to the Rovers fans packed into the away end at St James' and performed a baby-rocking celebration, together with the rest of his team-mates, following his stunning late winner.

"It's been a real rollercoaster few days," he admitted.

"It's difficult, to be fair, because you feel as if you've been thrown in at the deep end, not really knowing what to do.

"But then everything else takes over."

As for the win - Rovers' third at St James' in as many years - Derbyshire said: "It's a great result, especially off the back of another good result against Bolton.

"The lads fought hard and we had to battle in midfield. It was difficult at times and we had to soak up some pressure, hoping we could then hit them on the break.

"We've just got to keep picking points up now and keep pushing up the table.

"If we keep picking up the points at home then there's no reason why we can't push for that European spot."

Four of Derbyshire's six goals this season have now come when he has entered the fray as a substitute, yet the striker insists he does not want to be dubbed a supersub'.

"I don't want to be branded a supersub because I think I'm a bit more than that," he said.

"I think it's just a case of being in the right place at the right time, coming off the bench.

"The gaffer knows when to put me on, and when he thinks I'm ready to start a game.

"I never bother him like that, unless it's a case of not playing at all, then I might go in and see him.

"It can be a bit frustrating (when you are not in the team) but what can you say when you've got strikers like we have at the club playing ahead of you, particularly when they are doing well and scoring goals?

"At the moment, I can't really complain."

Derbyshire's latest heroics are all the more remarkable when you consider he is playing with a double hernia that requires surgery at the end of the season.

He added: "It's causing me a few problems. It isn't the best and it's going to be quite sore between now and the end of the season.

"But I've just got to keep getting rid of the pain, have a few massages, and try to carry on.

"I do feel it during games and I can't really sprint that quickly off the mark.

"But don't tell the gaffer, otherwise he won't bring me off the bench!"