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Swansea 2-1 Derby: Wayne Rooney's woes deepen as Rams slide perilously close to drop zone with Morgan Whittaker and Connor Roberts strikes cancelling-out Tom Lawrence opener Derby travelled to Wales to face Swansea on Saturday in the Championship  Tom Lawrence opened the scoring as the Rams started the game promisingly  They couldn't hold on though as Morgan Whittaker and Connor Roberts scored Derby are in serious danger, hovering just three points above the drop-zone

By Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Published: 18:47 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 18:50 BST, 1 May 2021

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Wayne Rooney's troubled first season in management will extend into an agonising final week after defensive lapses plunged his team further into the relegation mire.

Not even the four-day bonding session in South Wales that preceded this latest defeat could help them summon up the will to hold on against opponents already assured of a play-off place.

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His Derby team find themselves only three points above Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham, with the latter having a game in hand and two games left as opposed to the one of their rivals, who will meet next weekend.

Swansea's victory over Derby on Saturday left the Rams in a worrying position for relegation

Swansea's victory over Derby on Saturday left the Rams in a worrying position for relegation 

Wayne Rooney's side face a nervous final game of the season, hovering above the drop-zone

Wayne Rooney's side face a nervous final game of the season, hovering above the drop-zone 

'It's the same thing every week, I can't fault their effort but we have to stop giving these goals away,' said Rooney. 'It was almost a replica of the last few weeks. It's very frustrating.'

An hour in, with results going their way, the decision to take the players away had looked like a masterstroke, but that all crumbled within three minutes.

'We prepared excellently, it was a chance to get them together and put in some hard work. If we had won it would have been fine, I knew if we didn't there would be questions,' he said.

'The one thing you can't really work on is individual player's concentration. Every time we switch off we seem to concede.We

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