Wayne Rooney set for Derby County bow against Barnsley, hints Rams boss Phillip Cocu
The Manchester United and England legend watched from the dugout once more as Jason Knight’s first goals in senior football – a brace either side of the break – saw the Rams record a welcome victory against a poor Charlton side.
Cocu’s men had to play with 10 men for over 70 minutes of the match after former Addicks loanee, Krystian Bielik, saw red for a reckless challenge on Conor Gallagher.
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Despite that the visitors made little use of their numerical advantage, with the hosts dominant throughout proceedings.
A Lyle Taylor penalty gave Lee Bowyer’s side hope late on, but Derby held on for a priceless three points to provide a welcome boost to home supporters after a dreadful run of form.
It was Derby’s first victory since November 23 and now Cocu can call on Rooney for the first game of 2020, with Bielik and Tom Lawrence both suspended.