A Wednesday draw against Nottingham Forest coupled with Derby’s defeat to Swansea City means that the two sides will be battling it out for Championship survival at Pride Park on May 8th.
Rotherham United’s game against Luton Town on Tuesday night could have a big say in the encounter given their superior goal difference and game in hand, but for the Owls it’s now very much do-or-die as they know that anything less than a victory will see them relegated to League One.
Derby’s boss, who was visibly frustrated after his side threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at Swansea, says that they won’t be changing their preparations, and are pleased that they won’t be looking over their shoulders.
Speaking after the defeat to the Swans, Rooney said, “We know we have to win the game next week, I think that’s simple… The preparations this week won’t be anything crazy or drastic – there won’t be big changes and we’re prepare the way we prepare for any game. It’s on us to get the players ready, and we have to go and win.
“We don’t’ have to look over our shoulders to find out how they’re getting on, because we’ll have them in front of us. It’s a game where we have to want it more, and I’ll make sure the players are ready. If win the game, and we have a big chance of staying up.”