The English coach is satisfied with his team's performance despite the defeat.
boss Wayne Rooney praised his side's performance, claiming his side had the best game of the season against Preston.
After Martin Waghorn was sent off, the Rams played with ten men for 70 minutes. It looked like they could have finished the game with a point, but in the 96th minute, Preston managed to score the winning goal and win the game 1-0. A draw could have taken the derby out of the relegation zone, but despite this result, Wayne Rooney believes his side had the best performance of the season.
I think it was the best performance of the season,”
“With 10 men for so long we knew it was going to be tough, but I still felt we had a belief about ourselves that we could win the game.
“We had to defend well and dig in, but when we had the opportunity to break I thought we broke well in numbers and looked a threat going forwards at times, and I thought the lads gave everything.
“I thought it was a clear foul on Louie Sibley in the middle of the pitch just before the goal.
“I don’t want to slate referees because I know how difficult it is for them, but they are big moments. That decision, he gives the free-kick and if we go into the corner the game’s over and we take a very well-earned point.
“He doesn’t give it. I’m not blaming him for them scoring but he doesn’t give it and we lose the game. It’s a clear foul which out of the four officials one of them has to see it.”