The honeymoon is formally over for Wayne Rooney as his first match in sole cost of Derby County resulted in frustration with the Rams solely managing a 1-1 draw at dwelling to Wycombe Wanderers.
The Manchester United and England legend may properly be inheriting a poisoned chalice if he’s made everlasting Rams boss, because the Rams nonetheless sit rock-bottom of the Championship regardless of their level.
However Rooney a minimum of noticed his aspect rating for the primary time in almost eight hours of motion, as Duane Holmes’ intelligent end put the house aspect forward.
Derby seemed heading in the right direction for a superb begin to Rooney’s spell as interim supervisor, following the axe of Phillip Cocu earlier this month, just for a late equaliser from Matt Bloomfield to disclaim the brand new boss the win.
Rooney stays a participant for the Rams however left himself out of the squad, as he made seven adjustments from the workforce that misplaced 3-Zero at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night time.
Derby had gone 437 minutes with out scoring however after a shapeless begin, that they had a great probability within the 14th minute when Louie Sibley headed an Andre Knowledge cross over from eight yards.
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Wycombe had been pressured right into a change when Curtis Thompson was unable to proceed and so they had goalkeeper Ryan Allsop to thank for twice denying Derby within the house of 60 seconds.
He turned behind a drive from Holmes within the 23rd minute and when the nook was flicked on, Allsop reacted brilliantly to claw away George Evans’ header.
Wycombe had their first assault within the 28th minute which ended with Garath McCleary firing into the side-netting however Derby had the ball within the web within the 34th minute just for an offside flag to disclaim Colin Kazim-Richards.
However the striker was concerned when Derby scored two minutes later, driving in a low cross which Holmes back-heeled previous Allsop.
It was a aim Derby deserved for a first-half efficiency which had been an enormous enchancment, particularly within the closing third.
Wycombe introduced on Adebayo Akinfenwa for the second half and the striker had his workforce’s first effort on course with a looping header at David Marshall.
The guests had been asking extra questions of Derby however the dwelling aspect broke dangerously within the 61st minute with Holmes forcing Allsop right into a diving save.
Derby had an awesome probability to ease any nerves six minutes later when Matt Clarke met a Tom Lawrence nook however headed vast.
Clarke had one other probability within the 76th minute when he once more climbed to energy in a header that Allsop saved and Craig Forsyth’s follow-up was cleared off the road.
That proved an enormous second as a result of Wycombe equalised within the 81st minute when Marshall may solely parry a Fred Onyedinma header on the again publish and Bloomfield slid in to attain.
It may have been even worse for Derby when McCleary’s shot in stoppage-time got here again off the underside of the bar and simply didn’t cross the road.