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On the back of two successive defeats in the Championship, Wayne Rooney was aware that he was under pressure to justify being handed a two-and-a-half-year contract by the Derby board.
However, the gritty, committed performance produced by his players against promotion-chasing Bournemouth on Tuesday night would have been enough to convince any doubters that the England legend is the right man for the job.
The Rams have failed to build on their ruthless 4-0 win away at Birmingham City, but points will continue to be collected as long as the East Midlands outfit can maintain their outstanding defensive record since Rooney’s initial appointment on an interim basis.
Derby have not conceded more than one goal in a Championship fixture in 11 matches, keeping six clean sheets in the process.
They will regard themselves as favourites to further improve that streak on Saturday, despite their opponents also being on an upward trajectory.
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After 10 matches without success in all competitions, QPR have recorded successive away victories and clean sheets at Luton Town and Cardiff City.
Having now only lost twice in seven games, Mark Warburton will be confident that the Hoops are playing well enough to stay away from the bottom three.
The return of Charlie Austin could make all the difference, and the forward’s presence in the final third has been key in the club’s recent successes