Wayne Rooney’s complaint and Waghorn red card verdict after PNE beat Derby County

Derby County caretaker player-manager Wayne Rooney felt his side were hard done by after Preston North End beat the Rams in injury time.

PNE midfielder Alan Browne – operating as a right wing-back – popped up with a piece of quality in the 97th minute to win the game for Alex Neil’s team.

Rooney’s side had been reduced to ten men mid-way through the first half, when Martyn Waghorn was shown a straight red card for a nasty challenge on Browne.

The hosts appeared to have done enough to dig in for a hard-fought draw, until the last seconds of stoppage time.

When the ball fell to Browne inside the box, he kept a cool head and finished with class to spark wild celebrations among the North End players.

After the game, Rooney was proud of the effort from his players but was left to rue – what he felt – was a poor refereeing decision late on, in the build-up to the goal.

“It’s a clear foul on (Louie) Sibley,” he said. It’s a big moment; we would’ve been able to get the ball forward and taken a well-earned point.”

“I had the belief that we could win the game today, despite going down to 10 men.

“You could see that belief in the players – I’m gutted with the result, the lads gave everything.”

While that was a decision Rooney felt aggrieved by, he had no complains about Darren Bond’s decision to send Waghorn off earlier in the game.

“It’s a red card,” said Rooney. “I am disappointed because we had to readjust our game plan and system.

“But I think the lads took to that excellently.

“Waggy will be gutted; it happens, unfortunately – I’ve had a few of them myself.”

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