Some rival supporters have taken to Twitter to mock Derby County as Frank Lampard’s men failed to secure a top six spot after being held to a 1-1 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
A win for Derby would have all-but secured a Championship playoff position. Ahead of the game, they were one point above Bristol City and level on points with Middlesbrough but with a far superior goal difference.
In what was their game in hand, victory would have left Derby knowing against West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the season that only a defeat and goal difference swing of seven would deny them sixth spot.
In a first-half dominated by the Rams, it looked likely the visitors would claim three points. Richard Keogh gave Lampard’s side a deserved half-time lead with a well-placed header. However, Swansea hit back in the second period and Derby had to settle for a draw.
The draw keeps Middlesbrough and Bristol City’s playoff hopes alive. Fans from rival clubs let their feelings known at the full-time whistle.
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The playoff picture heading in to the final game:
Failing to secure a playoff spot in Wales was disappointing for the Rams. However, most Derby fans would have accepted four points from away games at Bristol City and Swansea. It represents an excellent return.
Middlesbrough face Rotherham United away on the final day, while the Robins are at Hull City. Derby must assume Boro and City will win, so three points against a likely weakened West Brom is a must.
The Rams have finished in the top six in three of the past five seasons. However, they have often come up short when it really matters and have drawn plenty of stick from their rivals for a perceived lack of mettle.