Sport New boss Rooney backs Derby to respond after defeat by Rotherham

11:06  17 january  2021
11:06  17 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Wayne Rooney made no excuses after his first game as permanent Derby manager ended in a 1-0 home defeat to Rotherham . But hopefully it’s a one-off and we can respond properly.” Rooney ’s side have a chance to bounce back when they welcome Bournemouth to Pride Park in three days’ time.

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(Reuters) - New Derby County boss Wayne Rooney said his team's concentration levels were below par in Saturday's Championship (second-tier) loss to Rotherham United but backed them to respond strongly when they face Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Wayne Rooney standing in front of a crowd: Championship - Derby County v Rotherham United © Reuters/MOLLY DARLINGTON Championship - Derby County v Rotherham United

Former England and United striker Rooney has called time on his illustrious playing career after being named Derby boss on Friday. He had been interim boss following Phillip Cocu's departure.

But his first game as permanent manager did not go according to plan as Jamie Lindsay scored a late winner for Rotherham to leave Derby second from bottom in the 24-team league with 19 points from 23 matches.

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Wayne Rooney has a tough first day in full-time management at Derby while East Midlands neighbours Nottingham Forest find their scoring touch. The former England captain began his permanent tenure as Rams boss with a 1-0 home defeat by fellow Championship strugglers Rotherham United.

Wayne Rooney 's first match in permanent charge of Derby ended with a 1-0 defeat at home to Championship relegation rivals Rotherham . Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Derby County and Rotherham at Pride Park as a late goal for Jamie Lindsay boosted

"The only positive ... is we play again on Tuesday. The lads know they can perform better than that, so I expect better when we play again," Rooney told reporters.

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"Rotherham outfought us. Our quality on the ball and our concentration levels weren't where they should be. That's the disappointing thing. If I'm being honest, I don't think we deserved anything from this game."

Derby suffered a COVID-19 outbreak at the club recently but Rooney said that was not the reason for their disappointing performance.

"Obviously, the preparations over the last few weeks have been hampered because of COVID but that's not an excuse ... The lads looked good and sharp in training the last few days," Rooney added.

"You understand players making mistakes. But hopefully it's a one-off and we can respond properly."

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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