Derby County drew 0-0 with Preston North End at Deepdale yesterday and many Rams fans have been full of praise for midfielder Graeme Shinnie.
Against a background of ongoing off-field issues and uncertainty, Wayne Rooney’s side continue to show fight and determination – having lost just once in their last six games.
The Rams were hamstrung yesterday by the injury to Sam Baldock, meaning attacking midfielder Louie Sibley was used as their central striker for the majority of the game.
Defensively, however, they were resolute once again as they kept Preston at bay to pick up a third consecutive clean sheet and remain the side with the joint-best defensive record in the division – equal with league leaders Bournemouth.
The goalkeeper and backline deserve a lot of credit for that record but so do the midfield and Shinnie was their shining light in that area yesterday.
The Scotsman won six of his nine ground duels and two of his three in the air as well as making four tackles and two clearances (Sofascore).
He was pivotal going forward as well – taking 97 touches, completing 89% of his passes, making four key passes, and having three shots (Sofascore).
Have Derby County had a higher or lower average attendance compared to these 23 sides this season?
His display yesterday didn’t go unnoticed, with many Rams fans taking to Twitter to heap praise on the 30-year-old…
— Persistently getting personal. (@DaryllGenius) October 16, 2021
A good point but we really need to start getting wins to stay up 😩
Would like to see some attacking players come on and really go for it, all seems a bit defensive and ‘do not lose’ mentality 🤷🏻♂️
Decent performance though, Shinnie absolutely unreal 👏🏼 #dcfc
— Ryan 🐏 (@ryantizzard) October 16, 2021
Shinnie man of the match today.
— DCFC (@DcfcFansTalk) October 16, 2021
On my way back from the game. Good point but should of won. Blatant handball not given. Another point on the board ⚽️ 🐏
Shout out to Shinnie who was outstanding for us today. 🔥
Roll on Tuesday ⚽️ #dcfc
— Rooneys Rams 🐏 (@rooneysrams) October 16, 2021
Graham Shinnie…end of 🤫
— Chris (@DCFC_CMH) October 16, 2021
#dcfc #dcfcfans. Shinnie and Davies immense. Missed opportunities and a clear penalty denied. Just imagine what we’d be like if we had a couple of strikers. Only team in the bottom 4 to get a point today. @dcfcofficial
— KC Flanagan🏴🎭🐏🇪🇺💙✊🏽 (@KCFlanagan) October 16, 2021
As 0-0's go that was really entertaining. Really solid performance from Derby, who will be disappointed they didn't win it. Shinnie MOTM. Thought the ref was excellent as well in letting the game flow.
— Rob Wilcockson 🐏🇬🇧⚽🇩🇪🐏 (@Rob_BowWow) October 16, 2021
Shinnie is unreal
— Steve Carruthers (@DerbyFanSteve) October 16, 2021