Derby County boss Wayne Rooney has told Derbyshire Live that he made three changes to his team in last night’s draw at West Brom in order to match the hosts and go more direct.
The Rams performed valiantly at the Hawthorns last night and earned a 0-0 draw for their troubles as they successfully frustrated one of the Sky Bet Championship’s promotion hopefuls.
Rooney chose to make three changes for the game, as he brought in the likes of youngster Dylan Williams, Jason Knight for his first start of the season and winger Kamil Jozwiak.
The changes certainly caught the eye of many and Rooney was only too happy to explain his thinking behind the tweaks that he made to his team:
“We matched them up and went more direct.
“I put Lee (Buchanan) as a left centre back to use his left foot to get balls down the side but also his pace because they have got some quick forwards.
“The three lads up top (Jozwiak, Baldock and Sibley) to almost man-mark their centre backs when we haven’t got the ball and then look for the space in behind.
“It was purely a selection I picked for this game.”
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The 3-4-3 formation that the Derby boss chose to implement worked a treat and in the end his side clung on for a valuable point on the road as they look to move up the league standings in the weeks ahead.
Derby are back in action this weekend as they play host to an in form Stoke City side at Pride Park.
It is very impressive that Rooney came up with a seemingly one off tactical approach for this game, with his game plan really helping to stifle the threats that West Brom posed his side.
Derby are clearly a work in progress after the summer that was and it will take time for them to find some consistency.
However tightening up the defence is certainly helping them and if they can continue to pick up the odd result here and there, they shouldn’t be dragged into another relegation battle.
Rooney has done a good job under the circumstances and will be hoping that his side will continue to improve as time goes on.