Derby County’s poor run of form in the Championship continued at the weekend, as they were beaten 1-0 by Millwall at Pride Park.
The Rams dominated the statistics in this one, but Shaun Hutchinson’s goal on the stroke of half-time proved to be enough to condemn Derby to their 17th league defeat of the 2020/21 season.
Wayne Rooney’s side are now sat 19th in the Championship table, and just seven points clear of the relegation zone heading into the final few months of this year’s campaign.
Derby are without a win in their last five matches this term, which has seen them edge closer to the bottom-three in the second-tier standings.
It’s been a forgetful campaign on the whole for the Rams, and the club’s supporters will be hoping that they can put together a positive run of results at the earliest of opportunities.
We take a look at the latest news round-up from Derby County as they head into their clash with Brentford in midweek.
Rooney issues update on Gregory’s absence
Lee Gregory missed Derby’s defeat to Millwall at the weekend with a knee injury, and Rooney issued an update on the forward’s fitness in a post-match press conference.
The former Stoke City man is expected to be fit for the clash with promotion-chasing Brentford, which will be a boost for the Rams, as they look to end their poor run of form against the Bees.
“After the Barnsley game his knee had swollen a little bit.
“He has had a scan on that, it is not too bad, just a bit of fluid in there from a previous injury which he has had. He should be fine I think for Tuesday.”
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Rooney singles out Sibley for criticism
Rooney has recently admitted that Louie Sibley mist do more during matches if he wants to feature on a regular basis for Derby moving forward.
Rooney labelled Sibley as an ‘exciting player’, but is keen to see the youngster make his mark on games at the earliest of opportunities.
“Was it who hit the bar? Yeah so he hit the bar but he needs to do more. He has to do more when he comes on. He’s come on in a few games and he needs to show me that he deserves to play.
“I know he’s an exciting player who can score goals and create goals. When he gets these moments – I know it wasn’t long – he has to produce moments that can make me start him in games.”
Rooney makes transfer admission
Rooney has recently revealed in an interview (quotes sourced from Derbyshire Live) that he is hopeful of being able to sign new players in the summer transfer window, whilst also highlighting the importance of a philosophy within the club.
“We need time to see what we can bring in this summer and hopefully we can get the players we want to then start thinking about a philosophy.
“I came into this job to try and get us in a stable position and keep us in this league, and that is not going to happen through philosophy, it is going to happen through the players taking each game as it comes.
“If we do that, we will be fine this year and then we can start looking to the summer and how we are going to move this team forward.”