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2020-21 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Jamie Lindsay (86')

New boss Rooney backs Derby to respond after defeat by Rotherham

Jan 17 (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.

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.

"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.

"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)

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 34 +23 73
2 Brentford 34 +25 63
3 Watford 34 +21 63
4 Swansea City 32 +18 62
5 Reading 34 +9 57
6 AFC Bournemouth 34 +16 55
7 Barnsley 33 +4 54
8 Cardiff City 34 +18 53
9 Middlesbrough 34 +4 50
10 Millwall 34 +3 46
11 Stoke City 34 0 45
12 Bristol City 34 -10 45
13 Luton Town 33 -9 44
14 Preston North End 34 -6 43
15 Blackburn Rovers 33 +7 40
16 Nottingham Forest 34 -5 40
17 Queens Park Rangers 32 -7 40
18 Derby County 33 -12 38
19 Huddersfield Town 34 -12 37
20 Coventry City 34 -15 35
21 Birmingham City 34 -16 35
22 Rotherham United 32 -8 32
23 Sheffield Wednesday 33 -16 28
24 Wycombe Wanderers 33 -32 23