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Rooney keen to focus on positives after Wycombe draw

Caretaker boss Wayne Rooney was left reflecting on a chance missed for Derby County to get back to winning ways on Saturday - but was at least pleased to see their losing run ended.

The 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Pride Park saw the first point - and goal - registered by the Rams in five games but Matt Bloomfield's equaliser eight minutes from time meant it was only one point rather than the three it seemed Duane Holmes' first-half goal had earned them.

For Rooney, still leading the team as Derby seek a permanent managerial appointment, it was a case of focusing on the positives as well as bemoaning his side's inability to kill the game off.

He told RamsTV: "At half-time I said to the players that a second goal was vital for us.

“We had to try and take the game to Wycombe in the second-half, be on the front and get that second goal.

Wayne Rooney directs affairs from the Rams bench. Photo: Derby County.

“The longer it went on and we didn’t get that goal, you could feel they were getting more balls into the box, causing us a few problems, and eventually they got the goal which is disappointing.

“I think we created some very good chances. We were unfortunate not to get that second goal and, ultimately, we got punished for not doing that.

“I think that control and bit of quality we need in certain moments, especially in games like today, was missing certainly in the second-half.

“If you don’t take your chances at one end, there is always the chance that you might concede down the other end.

“It would have been great to get the three points today, but it stopped the run of losing games. We have to take the point and we have a game coming up quickly on Tuesday (at home to Coventry City) so we have to prepare well and try and take the positives.”

The visit of Coventry will present another chance to gain a key win as Derby seek to escape the perils of the relegation zone, City themselves sat just outside it, five points ahead of the Rams.