Wayne Rooney urges caution with his Derby County players after ‘must-win’ win over Luton Town, while relieved Rams boss insists he still looks over his shoulder despite being eight points away from relegation
- Wayne Rooney has emphasized caution with his Derby players after the win at Luton
- The Rams took a 2-0 win to get back on track after seven with no win
- Rooney insisted that he still looks over his shoulder at the relegation battle
- County is eight points from the drop zone, with seven games remaining
Derby manager Wayne Rooney is still looking over his shoulder, despite a 2-0 win over Luton that lifts his side eight points out of the relegation zone.
Goals from Lee Gregory and Graeme Shinnie made for a match Rooney described as a ‘must win’ for his team now 18th with 43 points.
Derby had played seven games without a win on their way to their Good Friday game and Rooney admitted: “It was a game we had to win.
Wayne Rooney has urged his Derby County stars to be cautious following their win over Luton Town
‘I emphasized before the game against the players that we cannot leave the stadium without three points today, it was that simple.
‘I thought we started really well and should have scored the goal so early in the second half, should have slowed things down a bit, but it got a little scrappy, although I was generally comfortable and we got the three thoroughly earned points.
“ We have to keep pushing and trying to win games, we’re not safe at the moment, but when there comes a time when we are, we can’t afford to take our foot off the pedal. I want to win games and we have a big game against Reading on Monday. ‘
The Rams took their first win in seven games to get themselves back on track
About the incident at the end of the game, Rooney said: ‘I haven’t seen it, it’s the first time I’ve walked straight through the tunnel so I don’t know what’s going on.
Today it can be something very serious or something very small. I’ll find out what happened. I want my players to play with good discipline, which they have done. ‘
Luton manager Nathan Jones felt his side paid for their poor starts in both the first and second half.
He said, “It’s frustrating because of the way we got into both halves. We didn’t really start on the front foot in either half and that’s what cost us.
Rooney looks over his shoulder, despite his being eight points above the drop zone
‘We had plenty of opportunities to get something out of the game, but if you start both halves like we did, it’s very difficult to win a football match. We just haven’t done the base well enough, haven’t defended our box well enough on two occasions.
“ I’m not going to be very critical of the referee because if we defended our box twice better and took the chances, we get some of the match, so when I mention the ref, it seems like I’m trying to do that. masking about something I’m not trying to do ‘
Regarding the Kazim-Richards incident, Jones said, “To be fair to Derby, it was a player that pretty much everyone offered. It reminded me of something about David and Goliath: he wanted to go up against the armies of Israel. ‘