Wayne Rooney has urged Derby County fans not to panic as the battle for Championship survival hots up.
Rotherham United’s 3-1 home win over Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night saw them to move within three points of safety ahead of their match with Coventry City on Thursday.
Derby fans will be keeping an eye on that particular clash, with Coventry and Rotherham occupying the two spots below them in the league table.
Rotherham have three games in hand on Derby, too, so a win for them on Thursday would see them move just one point adrift of the Rams.
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Nerves are starting to jangle amongst Derby fans heading into Friday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers, with many labelling it as a must-win game.
Wayne Rooney, though, has urged Derby fans not to panic, delivering a calm, composed, simple message to Rams supporters.
Rooney's message to the fans: "Don't panic. We'll be fine."
He certainly doesn't lack belief. Says 6 points in the next two games (with other teams around them playing each other too) will see them safe.
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Derby have won only one of their last 10 league game and are winless in their last two matches, and will be keen to return to winning ways as soon as possible.
Rooney has never shied away from being a confident figure, and there’s no doubting the fact that he is feeling relaxed ahead of the run-in.
For me, you have every right to be confident in your players, but he can’t be too relaxed.
The Rams are in real danger of being dragged into the bottom three and they still have some tough tests on the horizon.
They are going into those games not in the greatest form, and they lack goal threat up top.