Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to praise Nathan Byrne following his performance in the 2-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road on Friday night.

The 28-year-old joined Derby from Wigan Athletic last summer.

Byrne had big shoes to fill at Pride Park as he arrived as a replacement for the talented Jayden Bogle following his move to Premier League side Sheffield United.

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But so far the former Wigan man is proving to be an absolute steal.

Taking to Twitter following the defeat at Watford, some Derby fans felt Byrne was the only piece of real quality the Rams displayed as his crosses caused all sorts of problems.

Watford stormed into a 2-0 lead after a fortunate Joao Pedro finish was quickly followed by former Derby favourite Will Hughes netting a precise second.

It looked as if the Hornets could replicate their recent 6-0 thrashing over Bristol City.

To Derby’s credit, the Rams pushed the hosts back in the second period and the introduction of Lee Gregory, Kamil Jozwiak and Louie Sibley offered more attacking threat.

But it was Byrne who was arguably the biggest threat. Marauding forward, the speedy fullback produced eight crosses with one of those prompting a Watford own goal.

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Byrne almost grabbed an equaliser late on as his corner crashed against the woodwork, leaving Hornets manager Xisco Munoz blowing a huge sigh of relief.

It wasn’t a great performance from Derby. However, Wayne Rooney’s side can take positives with home games against Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest coming up.

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