Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on defender Curtis Davies after he came on for the final ten minutes in the 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
The Rams preserved their Championship status on a frantic final day.
Wednesday lead on two occasions, while Rotherham United also held a 1-0 lead at Cardiff City for well over an hour as the Millers threatened to relegate Derby and the Owls.
But two late goals changed the dynamic once more. The Bluebirds found an equaliser to draw 1-1, while Martyn Waghorn’s late penalty earned Derby the point they ultimately needed.
Waghorn will no doubt grab the plaudits for his two goals. However, taking to Twitter after the game, some Derby supporters were also full of praise for Curtis Davies.
hero. Needs a year extension. The sort of leading character we’ll need next year
— Joel Moore (@jmDCFC) May 8, 2021
Curtis Davies is the epitome of a proper Footballer and as a Derby County fan he has my utmost respect as does Wayne Rooney for keeping us up after everything that has been thrown at him, in his first Managerial role👏👏
— Roger Bolstridge (@DarleysNo6) May 8, 2021
He is an inspiration,he exudes confidence to the players around him.I hope to goodness he is offered a job at Derby!,
Rooney has to stay too!!!
— Aunt Josephine (@josephine_aunt) May 8, 2021
Curtis Davies is without doubt one of the best signings the club has ever made.
— Mister Soco (@MisterSoco) May 8, 2021
Build the statue !! What a true top top professional 🐏 Another contract and a coaching role . Leader
— John Byrne 🏴 (@derbytrim) May 8, 2021
Give him another contact
— Jonathan Hunting (@JonathanHunting) May 8, 2021
Pretty much the only player I want to keep next season.
— Matthew Jones (@Matthew_Jones6) May 8, 2021
Some bloke. Thanks Curtis you ledge.
— stephen. (@dcfcstephen) May 8, 2021
Many felt Davies’s season at Derby was over after suffering an ACL injury last year.
But the former Hull City man was a surprise name on Derby’s bench for the showdown with Wednesday and came on for the final ten minutes with his experience vital.
Davies clearly wasn’t fit, yet he was willing to play through the pain and risk further injury to help Derby hold the Owls at bay and preserve the Rams’ Championship status.
The 35-year-old’s contract at Pride Park expires this summer.
Davies may have played his final game for Derby, yet his presence as a leader evidently inspires his teammates and the club should look at keeping him on in some capacity.
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