Some Derby County fans have taken to Twitter to criticise the performance of Tom Lawrence following the 2-2 draw at in-form Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

The Rams came into the game looking to extend their four-game unbeaten run and a late Duane Holmes strike meant they left the Riverside with a battling point.

Boro were largely on top, especially in the first half when they could have been out of sight.

(Photo by George Wood/Getty Images).

Derby fought back in the second half and equalised twice. First Jason Knight’s cross crept in off the post, then Holmes volleyed in a wonderful 90-minute leveller.

But despite the draw, Lawrence had another disappointing afternoon. He came in for the injured Jack Marriott, and some fans felt he wasn’t up to the task.

Here are some of the best tweets:

 

Tom Lawrence’s inclusion comes as a surprise:

Lawrence’s suspension saw him miss the wins over Charlton Athletic and Barnsley.

Many expected him to miss out again, but an injury to Jack Marriott prompted manager Phillip Cocu to place him upfront alongside Martyn Waghorn in a 442 system.

The change didn’t work. Lawrence was wasteful in possession and passed up Derby’s best chance before the break by opting not to shoot when well placed.

The Rams forked out around £5 million for the Welshman. On his day, Lawrence looks worth every penny, but that day is all too infrequent as he struggles with consistency.

Lawrence plays better through the middle. However, he was ineffective alongside Waghorn, and he marginally improved after being pushed into a wide role second half.

DERBY, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: Tom Lawrence of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship between Derby County and Stoke City at Pride Park Stadium on March 13, 2019 in Derby, England. (Photo by Molly Darlington – AMA/Getty Images)

Overall, he must offer more to command a regular start for the Pride Park club.

Derby’s draw leaves them down in 17th in the Championship table, level on points with Boro.

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