Curtis Davies posed the question if Derby County fielded the oldest ever back three, average age of 36.3 years, in their much needed 1-0 victory at the MKM Stadium on Wednesday evening, he posted on Instagram.
Wayne Rooney’s Rams stretched the gap to three points between themselves and the relegation zone, with debutant Sam Baldock grabbing the only goal of the game on 57 minutes.
The relief and joy were both clear at the final whistle, Derby are still up against it but are fighting through adversity in their quest to maintain second tier status for another season.
Davies wrote: “Great first win of the season! The desire and game management at the end was fantastic from the lads!
“I want to know if Phil Jagielka and Richard Stearman and I are the oldest back three to ever play together?
“Good to be back at Hull City and see lots of familiar faces…including one on the wall.”
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Derby were good value for the three points, outshooting the Tigers 13-9 and winning the expected goals battle 1.78 – 0.58. The result means Hull have now lost back to back home games without scoring, failing to capitalise on their opening day 4-1 victory over Preston North End.
Davies, alongside his experienced defensive counterparts, will be a key head this season both on and off the pitch. He has demonstrated when called upon in recent years that despite his age, 36, he can still be an effective centre back at Championship level, one that Rooney can depend on moving forward.
Sam Baldock opening his account on debut will be huge for his confidence and softens the blow that is Colin Kazim-Richards’ significant injury lay-off. Next up they host Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough, with Boro hoping to make amends for their 3-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday evening.