Derby players overwhelm with joy and relief at partying with fans outside Pride Park, while Wayne Rooney insists club ‘can’t have such a season anymore’ after narrowly escaping relegation
- Derby players celebrated their survival with several fans outside the stadium
- The Rams managed to pull off a sensational relegation break, drawing 3-3 to stay on
- Rooney called the game a ‘roller coaster’ and said it should be better next season
Wayne Rooney has revealed that he has told his Derby players to ‘keep calm’ and ‘get something out of a second half’ against Sheffield Wednesday, in which the Rams scored a stunning 3-3 draw and survived the championship.
Several Rams players brought their party to the many fans outside Pride Park after the remarkable game in which they escaped relegation to League One.
Although they were unable to tread the ground, dozens of supporters came to the stadium to watch Derby’s sensational season finale.
Several Derby players celebrated their survival outside of Pride Park with plenty of fans
Despite not being allowed to get into the ground, dozens of fans came to the stadium to follow the draw
Wayne Rooney told his Derby players to ‘stay calm’ during half time to stay in the championship
Derby drew a sensational 3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday to stay one point ahead
Rooney’s men looked dead and buried after losing a 2-1 lead deep in the second half to Wednesday, only for a Martyn Waghorn penalty 12 minutes from time to level the match at 3-3.
While Cardiff scored an equalizer at the last minute against Derby’s relegation rival Rotherham, the season ended with a single point from Rooney’s men remaining in the championship.
Speaking of the sensational back and forth that took place at Pride Park, Rooney said after the game against Sky Sports: “It was a 90-minute rollercoaster. Today our season summarized.
Fortunately, the season is over and we have done what we wanted to do. I am very happy for the players, they gave me everything.
Martyn Waghorn (center), who scored late for a penalty for 3-3, is celebrating with Derby fans
Derby’s Waghorn tossed in the penalty to make it 3-3 in a dramatic final day
“ I spoke to them at half time and told them to stay calm, we still had 45 minutes and told them we can still win the game or get something out of it and manage the game by the end. ”
Derby has had a tumultuous time this season both on and off the field, with Rooney first being part of a four-person attendant unit with the Rams after Philip Cocu was fired, then retiring from his player career to become permanent manager in January. to become.
Rooney’s first priority was his players, who can look forward to another season in the second flight of English football.
Rooney called the race a ‘roller coaster’, but warned they ‘can’t have such a season anymore’
Rooney said he was satisfied with his players for their ‘hard work’ and also praised Rams fans
“I’m just happy for them, they worked hard on it and for the fans who haven’t been here, we want to get better, I can assure you,” he said.
At the board level, there is uncertainty about owner Mel Morris’s plans to sell the club to Spanish businessman Erik Alonso, and before that the Dubai-based Bin Zayed International group.
Referring to the situation, Rooney said: ‘It has been a difficult season and we need to make sure we have everything off the field arranged to give the best chance of moving forward.
“It’s vital and it has to start tonight, we have to have positive news and move forward as a club, we can’t have a season like that anymore.”