Stand-in Ben is certain Rams deserved better at Watford
MAKESHIFT defender Ben Davies played through the pain to complete Derby County's Championship clash at high-flying Watford.
Davies started Saturday's 2-1 defeat at right-back as the Rams' defensive injury crisis continues to bite.
The 31-year-old picked up an injury of his own early in the game but after Michael Hoganson limped off at half-time, Davies managed to continue, this time filling in at left-back.
"I felt the top of my groin after about 10 minutes," said the winger.
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"That sort of thing can happen when you've not played for so long but you have to get on with it and, hopefully, it will be OK.
"It was a case of getting through to half-time and seeing how it was. Then Hoges got injured and he was a bit worse than me, so I had to get back out there."
On his unfamiliar role in Nigel Clough's side, Davies added: "It's different but it's good to be back in the team.
"I've always been told that if you're a good footballer who is comfortable on the ball, you should be able to play anywhere.
"It is hard when the gaffer is left with no choice but to put square pegs into round holes.
"It's just the way it goes sometimes. We've got a lot of injuries at the moment and they all seem to be at the back. We just have to patch up where we can and get a team out there.
"It was nice to be out there – just a bit disappointing about the result, which I didn't think we deserved."
Matej Vydra put Watford ahead and defender Joel Ekstrand doubled the home side's lead before Jamie Ward pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.
"The most disappointing thing was that we conceded from a set piece for their second goal," said Davies.
"It was a bit unlucky because it hit him (Ekstrand) on the chest or the neck and just spun over Adam (Legzdins) but we should have defended it better.
"That gave us a lot to do but the second half was wave after wave of attacks from us. When we got one back, I thought we would go on to get at least a draw but it wasn't meant to be."