Curtis Davies thanked the fans and congratulated Fulham after the play-off loss.
The 33-year-old joined the club in the summer from Hull City as Gary Rowett wanted to solidify his defence by giving Richard Keogh an experienced centre-back partner. This has worked well because the defence has been used as a platform to produce results by the rest of he team with only 48 goals conceded in the regular season.
Davies has been one of Derby’s most consistent performers this season, and this extended to the play-off semi-finals as well. He was crucial in nullifying Aleksandar Mitrovic and blocking the central passing lanes in the first leg, which hindered Fulham’s play significantly and allowed the Rams to come away with a 1-0 lead.
However, the second leg was much harder even though he put in another top performance and limited Mitrovic’s influence once again. He was unable to stop Fulham from advancing to Wembley with a 2-0 victory.
This is the tweet he posted after the match:
Unfortunately it was a bridge too far tonight. The better team progress.
I want to thank you fans for all of your support this year. You’ve been fantastic and have made me feel welcome from the moment I got here.
— Curtis Davies #33 (@TheCurtisDavies) May 14, 2018
This is how fans of both teams reacted:
Classy response from a classy player. Fair play Curtis.
— Nelson (@ffc_coyw) May 14, 2018
Unbelievable consistency all season from a top quality centre half ????
— BelvoirRam ???? (@BelvoirRam) May 14, 2018
— Freddie (@ffcfreddie) May 14, 2018
See you next season skipper ????????????????????????????
— Stefan Broo????e (@StefanBroome) May 14, 2018
— lil mitro vert (مايلز الأجنبي) (@milesffc) May 14, 2018
The best captain we’ve had for years! Chin up Curtis the best team won! We go again next season!
— Lewis Walton (@LewisWalton) May 14, 2018
Very gracious of you, Curtis, thank you. You can let Mitrovic go now
— Marisa Cardoni (@RaidsMacaroni) May 14, 2018
Very magnanimous, thank you. The pain we felt last year made tonight more special, good luck for next season.
— MarkMaunders (@MarkMaunders) May 14, 2018
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