Derby County picked up an impressive 1-0 win over West Brom at Pride Park this afternoon thanks to a Colin Kazim-Richards goal.
As you would expect, with the Baggies pushing for promotion, the Rams had to soak up a lot of pressure, but they didn’t concede too many clear chances, with Richard Stearman impressing in defence for the hosts.
The 34-year-old, who used to play for Albion’s fierce rivals Wolves, was drafted in for a first start since September after Phil Jagielka was unavailable and he was outstanding.
Stearman was dominant in the air as Derby dealt well with the visitors long-ball style, and he put in several crucial blocks, which saw him named as the Sky Sports man of the match.
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As you would expect, the Derby support were delighted with the experienced centre-back, and the whole defensive unit, for the way they battled to keep a clean sheet.
Here we look at some of the reaction to Stearman’s display from Twitter…
— Conor (@ConorJBennett) December 27, 2021
Is that you Pique?😍😍
— Tyler🏴 (@South12Stander) December 27, 2021
Absolutely awesome!!! 👏😎🐏🎉
— Joy Crackle 💙🐏 (@JoyCrackle1) December 27, 2021
Absolute solid 👊🏻
— Daley 💙 (@DaleyDCFC) December 27, 2021
Top class – such a good interview after the game too. Would be great to see him getting some more game time.
— Ian Holmes 💙 (@ianholmes20) December 27, 2021
Immense, brilliant everythime he plays, gives absolute everything ❤️🐏
— Stefan Broo🐏e (@StefanBroome) December 27, 2021
— Twedds (@METwedds) December 27, 2021