Rooney on the match that secured their spot in the Championship

Sat 08 May 2021 | 18:50

Rooney has talked about the conversation that inspired Roberts to score in a decisive clash.

Wayne Rooney

has revealed that he had a conversation with

Patrick Roberts

about not scoring a goal in a long time. Roberts had not scored since he joined the club on loan from Manchester City.

Derby County’s

3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham’s draw against Cardiff helped Rooney’s men to secure their spot in the Sky Bet Championship for another season.

Rooney said:

“I spoke to him (Patrick Roberts) this morning. We were having breakfast and I went over and said to Patrick: ‘You haven’t scored a goal all season, so today cut inside on your left foot and whip it in the top corner!

“So for him to do it, it’s great because I felt if we had that calmness there was a great opportunity for Tom Lawrence and Patrick to get into those pockets and cause problems.

“It was a crazy game and I think it’s the story of our season but the important thing is that we stayed in the division.

“My message to the players at half-time was stay calm, don’t panic, I felt we could hurt Sheffield Wednesday although I didn’t think we would come out and score two goals so quickly.

“Then again, the story of the season, we concede two very sloppy goals but Martyn (Waghorn) comes up with the penalty, there was a lot of pressure on him to step up and take a great penalty.”

source: SportMob
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