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Rosenior upbeat ahead of Bristol City challenge

Derby County coach Liam Rosenior is in positive mood ahead of this weekend's trip to Bristol City.

Rosenior will take charge of the team alongside Wayne Rooney, Shay Given and Justin Walker as the Rams play their first game since the departure of former head coach Phillip Cocu and aim to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

And Rosenior is confident they can do just that having had a productive few days of training with the Derby players and seen how many of them performed while on international duty.

He told RamsTV: "I said after the Barnsley game how disappointing it was (to lose) and how much that result hurt us and that there were really, really good things happening at this football club.

“I think the last two weeks have proven that. I thought Lee Buchanan’s performance for his first start in the England Under-21s was absolutely outstanding. I was absolutely delighted for him; I know how proud he was to make his debut and then to actually start a game.

“Jason Knight is the same, representing his country. I was watching the Republic of Ireland game and saw him singing the national anthem. David Marshall has become a national hero for Scotland and he is a great lad. We cannot wait to get them back in.

“Kamil Jozwiak’s goal, playing against an outstanding Holland team, and the quality of it with the speed he ran at and the way he finished; we need that here. We cannot wait to get those players back in.

“Tom Lawrence was back in this morning from his time with Wales and showed a real appetite to get back in early, which is great for us.

“We know we have got really, really good players in the building so it is up to me, Wayne, Justin and Shay to find the right combination and use the ingredients in the right way and create a successful team in the short term. That’s all the focus is on now.”

A win is badly needed for Derby in the midst of constant takeover talk and the rumour mill spinning as to who will be the permanent replacement for Cocu.

Bookies currently have Rafa Benitez installed as favourite, although the Spaniard has been non-committal so far on whether he would be interested in the role, while Rooney is another being touted as being ready to take his first steps into management.

And the former England international says he'd be tempted by the role.

He said: "I am ambitious and I want to go into management. I have been quite open about that.

"I don't know how long this situation is going to last but I wouldn't be an ambitious person if I said I didn't want the Derby job."