Curtis Davies made his return to action with Derby County on Saturday in the Rams’ 3-1 win over Birmingham City.
The 33-year-old had been sidelined since the opening day of the season against Reading, where the central defender picked up a hamstring injury that kept him out for two months.
Frank Lampard had brought the Leytonstone-born defender back into his plans via the bench in recent weeks, but did not feature for anything more than a five-minute run out against Sheffield United.
A two-month wait for regular action clearly took its toll on the 6ft 2in tall former Birmingham ace in his return against his former side. But after a sluggish display in the opening 45 minutes, Davies settled into the tie after the break.
The 6 foot 2 centre-back set WhoScored’s joint second highest rating of all Rams players on Saturday, having completed 93% of his 106 attempted passes while also winning six aerial duels and each of his three tackles – all coming in the second half.
His presence in the games was certainly noted by these Derby fans, who also noticed his improvements after the break.
Whatever Frank said worked a treat! Big show of character 2nd half. Curtis grew into it after early rustiness, Holmes was a great Mount deputy and Foz popped up with two assists. So much to enjoy! #dcfcfans pic.twitter.com/awhkY5Tbbb
— ? Steve Bloomer’s Washing (@SteveBloomerPod) November 3, 2018
– King Curt looked rusty in the first half and King Tom gave the ball away for their goal; both improved in the second half. I think Tomori was just rested today yet the debate will go on as we missed Tomori’s pace yet gained Davies’ 2nd half calm. Who to play? Who to drop? #dcfc
— Daniel (@danndannuk) November 4, 2018
Lacklustre first half, you could tell Davies was rusty. Holmes reinvigorated 2nd half, with Marriott pulling the strings. Onto Villa where a win would round off a great set of results before the break #dcfc #dcfcfans
— Stair 35 (@Stair35dcfc) November 3, 2018
Game of 2 halves…so funny seeing a keeper getting nut megged but funnier it was Camp ? Important week to have a small rest but training just as hard ! (Much needed midweek rest for us #dcfcfans) Great league debut for Holmes & good to see Curtis back … onto the next
— lucynorthstandram (@luc7_dcfc) November 3, 2018
Great to have you back captain fantastic ! ???
— Paul Bailey (@morechance1) November 3, 2018
Great to see you back Curt, hope your knocks weren’t too bad ?
— Clare (@fiestyclare) November 3, 2018
Love how you summed up our first half as being boring. So honest towards yourself! Second half was what we are all about!
— Darren Dunn (@OfficiallyDunn) November 3, 2018