Derby ease to victory against Blackburn Rovers without Wayne Rooney

Derby County registered an emphatic victory against Blackburn Rovers despite Wayne Rooney missing the game at Pride Park Stadium. 

The Rovers started the match strongly, winning two early corners and putting the hosts under pressure.  

However, the Rams soon got back in the match and Louie Sibley, who was making his first full league debut, scored a stunner in the 26th minute. 

Phillip Cocu’s side continued dominating the game and came very close to extending the lead through Waghorn in the 37th minute. 

And four minutes later, they doubled their advantage when Chris Martin struck his first goal. 

Although the visitors’ performances were markedly improved in the second half, they still failed to score to make a comeback. 

And their hopes were ended when Martin scored from the spot-kick and made it an emphatic score-line for his side. 

The Derby boss later told the media: 

“[Rooney] has a small muscle problem which will be assessed tomorrow to find out exactly what it is but we don’t expect it to be a big issue and maybe he is available for the next game.

He couldn’t train on Saturday, he tried but it was not good enough and we didn’t want to take the risk of him pulling a muscle and is out for the season. Tomorrow he will have a scan and then we will know a little bit more.

“Wayne was part of the team before in the preparation for the match, and at half-time and after the game he joined in with everybody. He observed from on high so he could see some tactical details so he was involved with the team.”

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