Rooney slams individual errors in Derby defeat

Derby County conceded two goals in stoppage time to lose 2-1 away to Peterborough United in the EFL Championship’s Saturday lunchtime kickoff.

Wayne Rooney’s side have now dropped five points from their opening two games of the season having opened the scoring in both.

The Rams went ahead in the 77th minute through substitute Jack Stretton’s fine half volley from a corner. The 19-year-old had been brought on to replace Colin Kazim-Richards 10 minutes into the second half after last season’s top scorer went down with a serious looking injury.

Posh didn’t look like equalising until Joe Ward was able to latch onto a flick on in the first minute of stoppage time as Derby substitute Kamil Jozwiak let the winger stroll past him. Ward setup an unmarked Harrison Burrows to tap in an equaliser.

11 minutes of stoppage time had been announced and it proved enough time for the home side to produce a winner, once against courtesy of an individual error from the visitors. Nathan Byrne, who had let Burrows go free for the equaliser, this time failed to clear a simple cross, teeing the ball up nicely for Siriki Dembele to score the winner from close range.

Inexperienced manager Rooney, whose side has been hit with a transfer embargo this season, was frustrated by mistakes, saying in his post-match interview:

“It’s lapses in concentration, it’s an individual mistake which has cost us, allowed them to come back into the game and then a second individual mistake has given them the second goal.

“So it’s frustrating as a coach to concede two goals the way we did but I thought overall we were the better team, we deserved the win. But this is football, if you don’t keep your concentration for 90 minutes you can get punished.”

Wayne Rooney’s side have now just won one of their last 17 league games, narrowly avoiding relegation on goal difference last season.