As Curtis Davies told us, his first year as a Derby County player was encapsulated by a number of highs and lows, but the defender has revealed which moment he took the most pleasure from.

The Rams’ 3-0 win over Middlesbrough in November was his top pick from the games he played in over the course of the 2017/18 campaign.

Matej Vydra’s first career league hat-trick sealed the three points at the Riverside Stadium and Derby only tasted defeat once in the eight games that followed that.

It was after that match that the 33-year-old felt that Derby could achieve something special and was full of praise for the performance, result and professionalism of the players on that day.

“I would have to say Middlesbrough away,” Davies told RamsTV.

“I said after the match back in November that as a result and game, after we had a few ups and downs, it felt like we could really achieve something.

“We obviously fell short, but getting into that top-six is by no means easy, but that game, looking at the performance, result and professionalism, was fantastic.

“To a man, the lads were excellent that day.”

On a personal note, Davies also took over the captain’s armband towards the end of the campaign.

Speaking about that, the centre back said that it was a ‘massive honour’ to lead the Rams out into action, but insists that it never made him different as a player.

“It’s a massive honour to captain a club like Derby County, but it doesn’t make a difference to me whether I have the armband or not,” he revealed.

“I will still play the same way. I wear my heart on my sleeve, I’ll give everything that I have got, and I am a talker.

“I talk because it helps me as much as everyone else and just the way that I have always been – armband or not.

“In terms of the pride I had in wearing the armband, though, I was honoured to captain a side and a club with such a rich history like this.”