With more than 19,000 season tickets sold ahead of the 2018/19 season, Curtis Davies is full of praise for the Derby County’s ‘incredible’ and ‘admirable’ backing.

The Rams return to pre-season training towards the end of this month as the club’s focus begins to turn towards the new campaign and life under Frank Lampard.

Looking back at the previous campaign, the 33-year-old picked out the backing that Derby received over their two-legged play-off battle with Fulham as an indicator of just how important the supporters’ backing is to the players.

He told RamsTV: “It was incredible. To have a game against Fulham where we didn’t see much of the ball – we had 26 per cent possession – but the fans were just rocking the whole game.

“When you concede that much possession, fans can get edgy and jittery, but they were constantly cheering and bouncing.

“To all stay, sing us off and clap us off was admirable. They have paid their hard-earned money to watch us – it’s a school night as it were – and it would be easy to think that you can just catch the last train or attempt to beat the traffic, but I didn’t see an empty seat.

“The way they clapped us off was lovely to see and was hugely appreciated.”

After seeing the Rams’ support first-hand last season, Davies’ focus is on making sure they are a little bit happier come the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

“When you have a stadium like we have, that holds just over 30,000 supporters, and to have sold that amount of season tickets already – that before you’re away fans and home membership has been sold – is fantastic,” he added.

“It shows that we have got the fanbase, the support, the people that want to come and watch and it is for us to come back next season and try and make them a little bit happier than we did this season.”