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Cocu and Rooney thrilled by Rams win at Norwich

Phillip Cocu and match-winner Wayne Rooney couldn't hide their delight after Derby County's late win at Norwich City on Saturday.

Rooney's 88th minute free-kick gave the Rams their first league win of the season as the SkyBet Championship enters an international break, Norwich's Teemu Pukki also missing a penalty.

And Cocu was relieved to have finally registered a win.

He told RamsTV: “It is a massive win. We all knew that eyes were on us today, but we also knew we would face a team with a lot of quality.

“Norwich can dominate the game and combine well so we had to step up on the defensive part, especially after the first three games. We focused on it and we spoke quite a bit and about the work-rate and attitude we can show. This is a great example.

“If you do it, maybe you deserve the luck that comes your way. The penalty was given, maybe from our angle it was doubtful, but maybe it is a penalty and they missed it.

"We talked about staying in the game, being solid and willing to do the work for each other.

“We came close on a few occasions, not through open opportunities, but close. A set piece can decide a game and when the free-kick was given, we knew this would be the moment to get the goal from Wayne Rooney.

“It is easier said than done; our captain knew that it was a big moment and he still delivers for us. That is why he is a high quality player. We are pleased with the team-work and, of course, the win.

“To get the win in the last couple of minutes, all players still had to keep that desire with the clearances from the back, the saves from David Marshall. You have to perform as a team. I am extremely pleased with how we played today.”

Rooney's goal was only the third the Rams have scored all season but by far the most important.

The skipper said: “We knew we had to tighten up and limit the chances of our opponents. I thought we did that well and were lucky with the penalty.

“We were really disciplined, defended well and created a few chances which we always knew we’d get.

“Ultimately it comes down to the players and how they work and take instructions in. You can set up how you set up, but the players have to take them instructions on and play to them. We did that brilliantly.

“We defended, we were compact, we let Norwich have the ball until the halfway line and then we put pressure on them and limited their opportunities on goal. We did that very well. We knew we would have chances on the break, we had a couple in the first half and the second half.”