Wayne Rooney hopes his first win as Derby boss can inspire championship fighters ahead of FA Cup QPR clash
- Derby County travels to QPR on Saturday afternoon in the fourth round of the FA Cup
- Derby won its first Wayne Rooney-era game against Bournemouth on Tuesday
- Rooney hopes the win can kickstart their season – starting in the FA Cup game
Derby manager Wayne Rooney strives for consistency as his side prepares for QPR in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
Rooney enjoyed his first win since being officially appointed when the Rams defeated Bournemouth on Tuesday, something he hopes his squad can build on as they try to reverse their poor start to the campaign.
Derby is ranked 21st in the league, winning just five of the 24 league matches this season.
Wayne Rooney hopes Derby can continue its momentum in their FA Cup game on Saturday
“If we play with the energy and desire that we showed on Tuesday night, and add a little more quality to that, I think we have a good chance of winning the game,” the former England captain told Derby’s website.
‘We know that Saturday is a challenge for all of us. If we want to get where we want to be, we have to show consistency in results and performance.
‘It is an important game for us. If we win, I think that could be the start of something really good that’s coming in the coming weeks and gives us that extra bit of confidence to move forward. ‘
QPR boss Mark Warburton hopes his side can maintain the momentum built from consecutive wins.
The R’s ended a 10-game winless run when they defeated Luton last Tuesday and followed that win on Wednesday night with another against Cardiff.
Warburton attributes the resurgence in form to an easing of the overcrowded games in the league after the Christmas season and believes his side will be approaching the weekend’s game with more confidence.
Derby won their first game of the Rooney era on Tuesday and are now traveling to QPR in the FA Cup
“Momentum is key for us and everything should now be focused on Derby on Saturday,” he said on his club’s website.
If you have a week where you can really work with the players – be it on defensive form, to play from the back, rotations or whatever – those days are hugely beneficial.
“ Very soon we will have another period of weekend-midweek-weekend matches, which places incredible demands on players and staff, so any training days we can get are eagerly accepted.
‘We have to focus very quickly on Derby, who himself had a very good victory over Bournemouth in the middle of the week.
‘We stand for a team that is equally confident, with good quality in their ranks and they are happy to come to us to build, we have to take up that challenge.’