Wayne Rooney's clear message ahead of 'huge' test for Derby County

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Wayne Rooney has delivered a clear message ahead of Derby County’s back-to-back away tests.

The Rams face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and Preston North End at Deepdale in their next two games.

Defeat by leaders Norwich City on Saturday, Derby’s 20th in 41 league matches, left them 20th in the Championship and seven points above the relegation places.

They have 43 points but the gap could be cut before Derby play again as Rotherham United, who are third bottom on 36 points, play twice in the next few days.

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The Millers are at home to Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday and then Coventry City on Thursday. Coventry are 21st and one point behind Derby.

Looking at the challenge ahead, Rooney said: “Next couple of games for us are big games, we need to take points regardless of performance. We have to take points from them games leading into the Birmingham game at Pride Park. So the next two games will be huge for us.”

Derby have won just one of their last 10 games and have suffered consecutive defeats at the hands of Reading and Norwich but Rooney has seen signs of encouragement.

“I think the last two games, the Reading game as well, the performances have been good,” he said.

“We have got no points but now we have to focus on getting wins and picking up more points because we are at a crucial time of the season.”

Source: www.derbytelegraph.co.uk

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