Derby County are feeling the pressure in the Sky Bet Championship, with Gary Rowett’s side now winless in their last eight fixtures.
Last night Derby were expected to return to winning ways against Sunderland, however, the Championship’s basement club stunned the Pride Park Stadium to pick up a 4-1 victory.
Rowett’s side are now clinging on to their place in the Championship’s top-six, with Bristol City, Millwall and Sheffield United all closing in on the play-off places.
Supporters are frustrated, with one particular fan calling out Curtis Davies on Twitter, which has sparked an annoyed response from the defender.
@TheCurtisDavies I would love it if you are Man enough and Brave enough to get back to me and please explain what the hell that was tonight.
Can you be brave enough to answer ??
What has gone so wrong ? Where is the passion ? Which players are playing for the shirt ?
— Boyce (@dcfcboyce) March 30, 2018
Man enough? Brave enough? Why do you think I’m the one that’s put in front of the press whenever we have a disappointing result? I’ll never hide https://t.co/JQtvADdxqb
— Curtis Davies #33 (@TheCurtisDavies) March 31, 2018
Davies questions the claims about lacking bravery, insisting that he is a player that will always front up following a defeat.
Despite the attack from a supporter online, the majority of Derby’s supporters have rallied behind Davies, jumping to his defence.
Here is a look at what Derby’s supporters were saying…
Not sure it's Curtis Davies who needs to be answering these questions… One of the few who deserves praise.
— Dale Bruford (@DaleBruford) March 31, 2018
Well said Curtis, you are one of the few that shouldn't be criticised imo.
— Paul Mottershead???????? (@PaulMotto) March 31, 2018
Curtis is one of the most honest and proffesional players around, he doesnt shirk his responsibilites and always gives 100% and says it as it is. its a team game why pick on one man. you are lucky to have him.
— Sue Cr (@1280sue) March 31, 2018
You're one of minority in the squad I look up to mate. There's a lot in that squad not worthy to wear the shirt but you definitely are one, should be captain, if not now, then definitely next season
— Elgan Thomas ???????????????????????????????????? #FBPE (@elganio20) March 31, 2018
Curtis wasn't at fault for Fozzys header, Keoghs blindness or Fozzys wandering leg! Those 3 errors killed the team. Hope Nuge and Casey get a start on Monday now.
— ToneBlues (@MSR_78) March 31, 2018
Respect to you for being the one put in front of the press after a disappointing result but surely our "captain" should be the first one out there! Captain needs to be man enough & brave enough #33
— Heather Whitmore (@01_stitch) March 31, 2018
Well said Curtis, keep your heads up and go and put it right again on Monday ????❤️
— Megan Edwards (@Megan_Dcfc10) March 31, 2018
— Dickens 87 ® (@BenDickens87) March 31, 2018