Rosenior lays into Rams players after Boro beating
Liam Rosenior says the display of Derby County's players in the 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Wednesday was 'unacceptable' and failed to build on the promise of last weekend.
The Rams were comfortably dispatched by Neil Warnock's side to make it four defeats on the spin - all without scoring a goal - and leave them rooted to the bottom of the SkyBet Championship as they await the appointment of a new permanent manager.
But Rosenior, who is currently leading the side alongside Wayne Rooney, Shay Given and Justin Walker, says that following a better performance at Bristol City last weekend, the Rams let themselves down on Teesside.
He told RamsTV after the game: "That today was unacceptable, unacceptable.
“Although we lost 1-0 at Bristol City on Saturday, the performance provided some light in terms of the way the players played.
“I don’t know how, in three days, we can go from a performance like that to a performance like I saw in the first half tonight. In the second half, once the second goal went in, we saw heads go down and a lack of confidence.
“We need to sit down and work out what is right for this football club, because that is what matters. It is not me, or any individual, it is what matters about how this football club gets out of this situation we are in.
“I am proud to be part of this football club, but what I am not proud of is that performance tonight. I am not going to stand here and make excuses and talk about decisions. I just am speechless in what I saw first half in terms of desire, passion and winning duels.”
Derby's lack of competitiveness was among the things that annoyed Rosenior the most.
He added: “We knew what Middlesbrough were going to bring, but we didn’t match that. That is what makes me hurt. I can lose games of football; I can accept losing when you put a performance with intensity and energy.
“I can’t stand here and defend that. I can’t defend myself; I can’t defend anything about this evening.”
Attention now turns to this weekend's visit of fellow strugglers Wycombe Wanderers, the newly-promoted side having only won twice themselves this season and being third from bottom of the table.
Rosenior said: "We need to find a way and we need to find a method that is going to get us out of this. It is as simple as that.
“For me, ability now goes out of the window. Attitude is absolutely everything. I want to see a team that goes out on the pitch and gives everything for this football club and what the fans deserve.
"Every game is must win. We need to find a method that is going to get us out of this situation and we need to find it really quick.
“Fortunately, we have a game in two days. All I want to see is a group of players on the pitch giving everything for what should be a proud shirt.”