Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to lavish praise on Brighton loanee Matthew Clarke following his excellent performance in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough.
The Rams racked up their fourth straight home win as they defeated Boro.
It could have been entirely different, yet Clarke saved Derby’s blushes early on as he superbly cleared away Britt Assombalonga’s effort after he rounded goalkeeper Kelle Roos.
It was a pivotal moment after just a few minutes, and it saw Derby gain confidence.
Tom Lawrence will grab the plaudits following his two goals. But, at the back, Clarke was faultless throughout and some Derby supporters gave him the recognition he deserves.
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Clarke joined Derby in the summer on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.
The 23-year-old was superb in the win at Huddersfield Town. However, he has often struggled since, with some criticising his defensive concentration and laboured passing.
But against Boro he excelled in both departments. He posted two tackles, a team-high nine clearances and a steady 91.5% pass-accuracy rate in possession.
Derby full deserved their win over Boro. The Rams finally put in a performance over 90 minutes, and the players seemingly enjoyed the change to a diamond system.
Chris Martin and Jack Marriott worked well upfront. The midfield marshalled the defence well, and Tom Lawrence is an entirely different proposition when he plays centrally.
The win leaves Derby 15th in the Championship table, four points off the top six.