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Rooney shifts praise towards players

Tue 19 January 2021 | 23:25

Wayne Rooney heaped praise on his players after winning his first match as permanent Derby manager.

Krystian Bielik

scored the only goal of the game in the first half to secure a 1-0 victory over promotion-chasing

Bournemouth

at Pride Park.

It was a crucial game for

Rooney

’s side as they escaped from the relegation zone.

Rooney reflected on the success, saying: “

To get any win is great. Obviously I’ve not been looking at it like that (first win) as I’ve been doing it a while but yeah I’m delighted

.

“But most of all I’m really pleased for the players. It shows what a difference it makes playing with more desire, and that desire to stop crosses.

“I demanded a reaction tonight and in fairness it has been a difficult couple of weeks.

“I felt this game had a lot of pressure on us tonight. There’s only one game lately where I’ve been disappointed in us and that was the loss to Rotherham last week.


source: SportMob