Rooney calls for ‘reasonable’ decision after tough draw at Derby
London (AFP) – Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has urged Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers, as well as the English Football League, to be ‘reasonable’ in their treatment of his struggling side after the Championship draw 2-2 short club money at home to Birmingham. on Sunday.
Middlesbrough, who also play second tier English football, and Third Division Wycombe are launching legal challenges claiming they have been economically and sportingly disadvantaged by Derby breaching the Financial Fair Play rules of the EFL in previous seasons.
Boro argues that had Derby not done so, they would have made the Championship play-offs for lucrative promotion to the Premier League.
Wycombe’s case is that they would have avoided relegation to League One last season.
Derby, who are just seven points from safety despite a 21-point deduction, took over in September.
This week the East Midlands club, two-time English champions in the 1970s, were granted a one-month extension by the EFL to prove they have sufficient funds to complete the season.
An already emotional afternoon, which began with 1,000 fans marching from Derby town center to a sold-out Pride Park, ended with a spectacular stoppage-time equalizer courtesy of the substitute’s header Rams Krystian Bielik.
Derby had trailed 2-0 before Luke Plange reduced the deficit in the 87th minute. Lyle Taylor and Scott Hogan had scored for Birmingham.
– ‘Writing our own scripts’
England great Rooney, who announced on Friday he had turned down the opportunity to manage former club Everton, was delighted with the vocal support Derby received on Sunday.
“Things happen for a reason and – as there are no Premier League games today – it was a chance for us and the fans to show the country and the world what a great club this is. huge,” he said.
The former Manchester United and England captain added: “I also think Middlesbrough, Wycombe and the EFL have to be sensible now because people’s livelihoods are at stake and people have to make the right decisions.”
Bielik’s brilliant strike came exactly a year to the day after the Polish defender injured his anterior cruciate ligament.
“As a team I think we’ve written our own scripts this season and at half-time I said we’ll score a goal in the 92nd minute today, whether it’s the winner or the equalizer,” Rooney said.
“It was actually a bit later than that but what a way it was for Krystian to come back. He then injured his shoulder during the celebrations and it will be frustrating if we lose him again but hopefully -Le, it’s not too serious.”
In Sunday’s other league game, Cardiff allayed their relegation fears by winning for the first time in seven games with a 2-1 victory at home to Nottingham Forest, a result that dented the aspirations of local rivals from Derby.
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