Derby pushes themselves despite the hellish week they go into administration and their nine point deduction as Wayne Rooney’s Rams go down in battle against Sheffield United
- Derby was more than contenders against Sheffield United despite losing 1-0
- Wayne Rooney’s men used their hellish week as a stimulant in the game
- But two foul mistakes allowed United to emerge victorious with a telling penalty
If Derby didn’t have the prospect of a further nine-point deduction, they might have had half a chance of making a miraculous escape from relegation.
The events of a hellish week of entering the administration and plunging to the foot of the Championship table were a boost to Wayne Rooney’s team.
More than a match for a Sheffield United side expected to be among the promotion candidates, they lost only through two precious moments of madness.
Derby was a contender against Sheffield United, but lost due to two moments of madness
Goalkeeper Kelle Roos was sent off in the 57th minute for knocking down Billy Sharp. Then, just when it looked like they were going to scrap their way to a point, Curtis Davies inexplicably handballed.
Sharp shot home the penalty to make Derby’s point total negative and could be for a while if they are further penalized for violating the EFL’s financial fair play rules.
Amid the swirling uncertainty of the pitch at Pride Park, Rooney has a free swing in many ways for the remainder of the season.
Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos was sent off in the 57th minute after shooting down Billy Sharp
Everyone expects his relatively flimsy squad to play in League One next season and no doubt administrators Quantuma are marketing the club as such to the seven or eight parties reportedly interested in buying them.
But all that hasn’t stopped Derby from scoring points and they have two home games to win this week against Reading – points deducted themselves – and Swansea.
“I feel like the whole club and city are coming together in a bad situation,” said Derby defender Graeme Shinnie.
Rams defender Curtis Davies handballs to allow Billy Sharp (left) to score from his goal
“As players we can only fight on the pitch for this club and everything else that happens is out of our control. When the fans fight, we fight with them. This club continues.’
Rooney reiterated the call from Derby’s trustees to pack the stadium and bring in much-needed revenue.
“What the fans see is a real togetherness of this group,” he said. “I can’t promise three points, but I can promise one thing: the players will be ready to take on anything.”