‘Best player’: Blackburn Rovers fans respond as Derrick Williams sends message

Derrick Williams of Blackburn Rovers and Jack Marriott of Peterborough United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackburn Rovers and Peterborough United at Ewood Park...

Blackburn Rovers beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 at Ewood Park Saturday.

Ashley Young of Manchester United goes between Derrick Williams and Craig Conway of Blackburn Rovers (R) during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and...

Blackburn Rovers supporters have taken to Twitter to respond to defender Derrick Williams, after he thanked the fans for their support during the 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Rovers headed into the clash coming off the back of a decent 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion, and they continued their pursuit of a potential playoff spot as they saw off an in-form QPR side.

 

For large spells the game was fairly even, with few clear-cut chances either side, but after late pressure Blackburn were awarded a penalty five minutes from time, which Bradley Dack slotted past Joe Lumley.

Not long after the game, popular centre-back Williams sent a message to the club’s supporters with many responses suggesting he was Blackburn’s outstanding player on the day:

The 25-year-old put in quite a shift at the back for Tony Mowbray’s side, making two interceptions, five effective clearances, with a whopping ten aerial duels won (Whoscored) – more than any other player on the pitch.

Williams, a 2016 signing from Bristol City, is capable of playing at both left-back and in the middle and is highly thought of at Blackburn, signing a new three-year contract last summer. He was instrumental in helping Blackburn keep their first clean sheet at Ewood Park since August, when they beat a then high-flying Brentford side 1-0.

Derrick Williams of Blackburn Rovers and Jack Marriott of Peterborough United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackburn Rovers and Peterborough United at Ewood Park...

QPR arrived at Ewood Park boasting a five-game unbeaten run, but victory for Tony Mowbray’s side saw them move above the Hoops and into eighth spot – one point behind Nottingham Forest in the playoffs.

Blackburn Rovers' Derrick Williams struggles to find room confronted by Oldham Athletic's Kean Bryan as they wait for a corner kick during the Sky Bet League One match between Oldham...

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