The former Derby hero was pleased to see some fight.
After a shocking first-leg performance against Hull City in the Championship play-off semi-final Derby County earned back some credibility with a spirited but in the end futile attempt at overturning their aggregate deficit at the KC Stadium last night.
The Rams won the game 2-0 with goals from Johnny Russell and an Andrew Robertson own goal, but the Scottish left-backs late third against Derby at the iPro Stadium in the first leg ended up proving crucial.
Despite exiting the play-offs and facing yet another season in the Championship Derby at least went down swinging in the end – and that was appreciated by one former Derby stalwart.
Shaun Barker spent six years at Derby, although spent the final three-and-a-half years of his spell at the club on the sidelines with a hideous knee injury which still sees the 33-year-old out of the game.
He sent out this tweet today to the Derby County players, praising their efforts in defeat:
Huge effort from @dcfcofficial last night! Early 1st goal gave the opportunity to push Hull throughout, but it was just too much in the end.— Shaun Barker (@barks5) May 18, 2016
Derby have now come close to promotion on several occasions and will now begin planning ahead of another tilt at Premier League elevation in 2016-17.
Barker and everyone else connected to the club will be hoping that finally 2017 will be the year they celebrate a promotion to the top-flight.