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Rooney: We could have taken all three points

Wayne Rooney was happy with another clean sheet but frustrated his Derby County side couldn't take all three points at home to Stoke City on Saturday.

The 0-0 draw made it five games unbeaten for interim boss Rooney, four of those being draws and the last three seeing the Rams stop the opposition from scoring.

And while he was happy with another point, Rooney felt it could have been different.

He told RamsTV: "We are unbeaten in five games and have kept three clean sheets in a row, but we are still left with a bit of frustration that we didn’t take three points today.

“I thought in the first half we were excellent. In the second half we did not start too well but then we grew into it a bit more the longer the game went on.

“I think overall we definitely deserved the three points. I’m pleased with another clean sheet and now we need to demand more from our attacking players to start putting the ball in the back of the net as I feel that was all that was missing today.

“When you play well, and you get chances, it is frustrating when you don’t win games. I’m pleased with the performance and with the clean sheet, but we need to start scoring.”

There was controversy in the second-half as Lee Buchanan appeared to be fouled by a Stoke defender, but referee Andy Woolmer merely opted for a drop ball rather than either award a penalty or punish Buchanan for any perceived simulation.

Rooney said: "I think first of all, it’s a clear penalty, it’s an obvious foul and the referee came over and said there was contact, but he didn’t feel it was a penalty, which I don’t understand.

“I don’t know why he blew his whistle if that’s the case. I saw it on the side of the pitch at the time and I saw it again after the game and Lee Buchanan had their player climbing on his back. It does not come more obvious.

Wayne Rooney and Shay Given watch on against Stoke. Photo: Derby County FC.

“We understand it’s difficult for the referees, we get that. If the referee does not see it, the assistant referees or the fourth official have communication and can come to the right decision.”

Derby are back in action at home to Swansea City at Pride Park on Wednesday evening with a 5.30pm kick-off.