Derby’s players react after Gustavo Hamer’s late goal

Wayne Rooney said he would “love” to become Derby County’s full-time manager after Coventry City’s injury-time equaliser denied him his first Championship win as caretaker boss.

The former Manchester United forward took over as joint-caretaker manager of the basement side in November following Philip Cocu’s sacking.

The Rams are waiting for confirmation of a takeover by Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“I honestly don’t know [if I’ll be in charge] – as I’ve said I’m confident in this job and this role, and of course I would love to do the job,” said the 35-year-old.

“If not, I’ll be here as a player but we’ve put plans in place and if they’re not to be, at least the players have stability of knowing the plans for the next few weeks and can have something to work to.

“Hopefully the quicker the new ownership is done the better because I think a decision does need to be made. I’ve been asked to take the team until a decision is made and that’s what I’m doing.”

The Rams, bottom of the table and without a victory since 3 October, had looked set to end their long wait for three points when Colin Kazim-Richards gave them a late lead from Nathan Byrne’s deep cross.

Jack Stretton had the chance to wrap the points up for the hosts but hit the crossbar from close range after Kazim-Richards had done brilliantly to tee him up.

Gustavo Hamer snatched a point for the visitors with a crisp low strike from the edge of the area after the Rams failed to clear a ball into the box.

The draw is the second time in two games that the Rams have had to settle for a point after taking the lead, with Wycombe also leaving Pride Park with a draw thanks to a late equaliser on Saturday.

They will be left to rue Stretton’s missed chance as the teenager could only direct his close-range shot onto the bar when a goal would surely have secured the win.

Coventry, who equalised in the last minute to draw at Norwich on Saturday, will feel they were worth their point as they stretched their unbeaten run to four games thanks to Hamer’s third of the season.

Derby visit Millwall on Saturday looking to end their 11-match winless run, while Mark Robins’ men host Rotherham.

Coventry boss Mark Robins told BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire:

“I thought we looked a little bit flat but we could have won the game 4-2. They’ve had a penalty shout and I think we had one that was nailed on.

“There’s things to be unhappy about but there’s things to be happy about. The togetherness is brilliant and Gus took the goal brilliantly. There’s only one player you want the ball dropping to.

“For us it’s a decent point after a difficult period. We’ve got accept it and move on having been down 1-0 so late in the game.

“It’s a step forward for us to go four unbeaten.”



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