Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone has broken his silence following his side’s play-off final defeat to Aston Villa on Monday aafternoon.
Posting on Instagram alongside a photograph of the team’s pre-match line-up, the experienced midfielder reflected on the match as well as praising his teammates for their performance levels.
“Wasn’t meant to be on Monday,” he wrote.
“We gave it a good go this season, many ups and down along the way.
“It is a special group we have had this season, on and off the field. On reflection the season has been a positive although we came up a step too short.”
Anwar El Ghazi finally broke the deadlock for Dean Smith’s side just before half-time nodding home to ease the tensions in the Villa end of the national stadium.
It was 2-0 not long after the restart when John McGinn took advantage of some slack Kelle Roos goalkeeping to bundle home.
With ten minutes remaining, substitutes Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn conspired to drag one goal back but it was not to be for Frank Lampard’s side as Villa booked their place back in the Premier League.
I think Huddlestone is right for the most part.
Although I feel that Lampard got his selection wrong on the day, the players on the field gave it everything they had.
Rebuilding a side capable of performing to the same level without the loan stars of this season will prove a huge challenge, however.