A number of Derby County supporters have not taken kindly to Darren Bent’s criticism on Twitter.
The striker took aim at fans that blamed Steve McClaren’s substitutions for Tuesday’s late draw with Preston at Pride Park.
Bent was one of the players who came onto the field in the final 16 minutes of the game.
The forward replaced David Nugent, while Abdoul Camara came on for goalscorer Matej Vydra and Johnny Russell was replaced with Craig Bryson.
Derby had been leading the way from the 50th minute following Vydra’s goal, but the Rams suffered a sucker-punch when Tom Barkhuizen nabbed a 90th-minute equaliser.
Plenty of fans criticised the substitutions, which prompted Bent to tweet this…
So the substitutions are responsible for us conceding a late goal last night, some of these fans never fail to surprise me or make me laugh
— Darren Bent (@DarrenBent) March 8, 2017
Some supporters feel that their complaints were justified, while others have hit back at Bent for slamming Derby’s loyal following.
— Matt T (@tweddytwedds) March 8, 2017
— JonDCFCwilliams (@jonwil67) March 8, 2017
@DarrenBent so aswell as supporting a bang average team were not aloud an opinion anymore either????????????
— Mazzz (@Maz_Georgiou) March 8, 2017
@DarrenBent Not really the right time to be slagging the fans off mate, its season ticket renewal, all fans are frustrated as want success????????
— Return of the Mac ???? (@no1ramsf4n) March 8, 2017
@DarrenBent just wish some of "these" players would stop giving the ball away, although I'm not surprised and don't find it funny
— Danny Simpson (@dannys1mps0n) March 9, 2017
@DarrenBent maybe we the fans have had enough of this team underachieving year after year
— Cheryl Jones (@CherylJ95) March 8, 2017
@DarrenBent some of these highly paid footballers never fail to surprise me or make me laugh with their inappropriate tweets
— Adrian Fern (@DCFC100) March 8, 2017
@DarrenBent I'm surprised that fans having opinions on how a game was won or lost surprises you Darren, especially after another failure.
— Shaun Carpenter (@ShaunTheRam) March 8, 2017
@DarrenBent the problem Darren is , you lot can't perform for the whole season ! Yet still happily collect 30k a week , this squad has
— Jason Cain (@jasoncain97) March 8, 2017
@DarrenBent you dont bring on attackers when your defending a lead, surely you can see the fans point
— Jamie Yardley (@YardleyJamie) March 8, 2017
McClaren’s side are unlikely to push for a playoff spot as they currently reside 10th in the Championship, 10 points adrift of the top six.