Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has insisted that the club will not be dragged back into a Championship relegation battle this season.
The Rams’ 1-0 defeat away at fellow struggles Coventry on Saturday means they are now 19th in the Championship table, six points clear of the bottom three.
That defeat at St Andrew’s means that Rooney’s side have won just one of their last five games, having previously enjoyed a promising run that had seen them pull away from the relegation zone.
However, it seems Rooney is confident that despite that, Derby will not be looking nervously over their shoulders in the next few months.
Speaking about his side’s current position in the second-tier standings following that loss, the Rams boss was quoted by The Daily Mail as saying: “We have to pick ourselves up. Moving forward, we have to be at our best in terms of energy, game management and bravery. If we are not, we will lose games.
“I’m not silly and I know this run of form can’t continue. We have to get back to picking points up and winning games.