Derby County midfielder Jacob Butterfield has branded this campaign as a “disappointing season” after the Rams once again failed to match the fans’ expectations, The Derby Telegraph is reporting.
Jacob Butterfield scored a late equaliser to earn Derby a point at home to high flying Huddersfield Town last night and that goal earned Brighton promotion to the Premier League.
But in a season of ups and downs for Derby, Butterfield says that they simply have not been up to it.
Derby’s season started poorly when Nigel Pearson failed to produce the results.
He left after a bust up with Mel Morris and the East Midlands side enjoyed a revival under Steve McClaren.
But after a dreadful run of form, McClaren was sacked again and Gary Rowett came in.
Yesterday’s draw finally mathematically ended Derby’s hopes of reaching the play-offs and Butterfield has been disappointed with this season.
“I think the fans were getting a bit frustrated, because it has been a disappointing season and they have every right to be disappointed, because we haven’t been good enough.
“We should have been challenging higher up the league.
“We understand that.
“It has been a tough season.
“We’ve had three different managers now, lots of changes, lots of ups and down – but, ultimately, we haven’t been good enough.
“We haven’t got enough wins, we haven’t got enough points on the board.
“So, we are where we are.
“We are where we deserve to be.
“We understand the fans’ frustration, because they expect more – and we expect more ourselves.”
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