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Rooney left impressed by Rams performance in crucial win

Interim manager Wayne Rooney felt his Derby County players got what they deserved as they came away from Millwall with all three points in a 1-0 win on Saturday.

Jason Knight's second-half strike was enough to secure just a second victory of the campaign for Derby, in turn lifting them off the foot of the table.

And speaking to RamsTV, Rooney had plenty of praise for his troops as they also extended their unbeaten run to three games.

He said: "It is a massive three points for us and I think we deserved it. I think we don’t need to over-do it, but it was a good win and we have a tough game coming up on Wednesday at Brentford.

“Over the last week, as I said on Tuesday night after the Coventry game, the lads have been fantastic. They are putting a lot of work in and they are taking information which we are trying to give to them.

Wayne Rooney and his coaching staff watch on at Millwall. Photo: Derby County FC.

“I thought we deserved the win today. I am delighted for the players in there as we had the heartbreak of conceding in the last minute on Tuesday and then to come to Millwall away, with fans in the stadium which we haven’t been used to, it’s really pleasing that we have got the win."

The victory followed two successive 1-1 draws with Wycombe Wanderers and Coventry City, with Rooney feeling displays have improved with each game ahead of the tricky clash with Brentford on Wednesday night.

He said: "I’ve been really pleased with the performances in the last week. I thought Wycombe was good, I thought Coventry was better and against Millwall it was the same. Each game has been an improvement in terms of the performance.

“I think the players are finding a bit of steel. They know they have to defend, they know they have to dig in to win football matches and I’ve been delighted with all of them. That is not just the players who are starting the game, but the lads who are coming off the bench as well.

"The players showed a great attitude [at Millwall] in terms of the work rate. They knew they would have to put a lot of work in.

“We had to win second balls, win headers and if we couldn’t win them, because Matt Smith is very good in the air, then we have to pick up the second balls and we did that really well.”

Following the trip to London on Wednesday, Derby then host Stoke City at Pride Park on Saturday.