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Derby County fans react to performance of Max Bird in West Brom defeat

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Derby County fans react to performance of Max Bird in West Brom defeat

The midfielder finished the game with the captain’s armband.

Derby County saw their play-off hopes take a hit as they were beaten 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Goals from Grady Diangana and Dara O’Shea ensured a miserable night for the Rams, who saw Louis Sibley sent off late on.

Derby are three points adrift of Cardiff in sixth but have an inferior goal difference to the Bluebirds.

Phillip Cocu’s men were never really in the contest and for large parts of the game, it proved to be men against boys.

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One positive on a disappointing night was the fact that at one point in the second half, the Rams had eight academy players on the pitch.

Owner Mel Morris has made no secret of his desire to see the Rams utilise the academy more and this will have delighted him.

One of the youngsters was Max Bird and he finished the game wearing the captain’s armband after Wayne Rooney had been withdrawn.

Despite the performance, Rams supporters were buzzing with Bird and proud as punch to see him lead the team.

The defensive midfielder has played 18 times in the Championship this season and looks set for a bright future.

Here we looked a selection of tweets from the Rams faithful on the performance of Bird against the Baggies.

 

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