Wayne Rooney makes his admission to County Derby ahead of Reading game

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Derby County have given themselves a chance to stay in the league lately after winning their last three games.

Back-to-back home wins over Blackpool and West Brom and their second away win of the season against Stoke City have given Derby fans a glimmer of hope after reaching ten points.

With Derby facing Reading on Monday, Wayne Rooney kept his side on the ground, telling club media they take every game “as it comes”.

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“We have to continue to take every game as it comes”, Rooney told the club’s media team.

“The last three games have been brilliant for us, picking up nine points.

“It gives everyone confidence, hope and all we have to do is keep working.

“We have another very difficult and important game in Reading on Monday and we’re going to prepare for it properly and make sure we’re ready to go.”

Ahead of the game with Reading, the good form of his forwards presented him with a selection dilemma that he hasn’t been able to repeat too often this season:

“It was a nice finish on his part [Luke Plange] at Stoke and another goal for him after securing his first against Blackpool earlier this month, ” said the county boss.

“When he came out, Colin came in and made an impact.

“He’s full of confidence and I know he would have been disappointed not to have started the game at Stoke, but he can have a role for us for the rest of the season.

“We saw him in the last two games, he came and won us the games.”

A win could see Derby narrow the gap to Barnsley to just one point and narrow the safety gap to seven points.

The verdict

Wayne Rooney is right to take every game as it comes.

The Rams have been impressive over the Christmas season, picking up points and giving themselves a chance to stay in the championship.

However, it’s important to caution against complacency given the inexperience in some areas of his squad and the uncertainty some players face with the impending takeover.

Whatever happens, Wayne Rooney has restored the pride of the club after years of overspending.

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