Wayne Rooney gives his Derby players an Easter treat by letting them spend more time with their families ahead of must-win trip to QPR… as Rams boss accepts ‘anything less than three points’ will all but seal relegation
- Wayne Rooney has given his Derby players more time to spend with their families
- After beating Fulham, Derby face a must-win game on Monday against QPR
- Rooney hopes Ravel Morrison will be available to play in the crucial fixture
Wayne Rooney is playing Derby County’s easter bunny as he plots the great escape from relegation.
Rooney has given his players extra family time on Sunday before the serious job of preparing for Monday’s make-or-break game at QPR.
Having looked doomed following a 21-point deduction for breaching EFL rules and going into administration, Derby kept their faint survival hopes alive by upsetting leaders Fulham 2-1 on Friday night.
Wayne Rooney has given his Derby County players more time to spend with their families
However they remain nine points from safety with four games left and go to Loftus Road having lost their last nine on the road.
‘We have to change the away form if we want to stay up,’ said Rooney. ‘We will give the players a couple of extra hours with their families and children on Sunday morning, train a bit later than usual and then travel down and get ready for a tough game.
‘We have to win. We can’t come away with anything less than three points.’
After beating Fulham on Friday Derby face a must-win game away to QPR on Monday
Rooney hopes that Ravel Morrison will be available after he missed the game against Fulham
Rooney has impressed in trying to keep Derby afloat on the pitch while US businessman Chris Kirchner prepares to complete a takeover.
‘I’ve said through the season our away performances have been really good but we haven’t got over the line.’
He hopes maverick forward Ravel Morrison can return after missing the Fulham win. ‘He didn’t feel well at five o’clock in the morning of the game and spoke to the doctor. He hasn’t got Covid so we will see and hopefully get him back.’