Derby County prepare for their most important game of the season on Saturday, where they will face Swansea City.

Wayne Rooney’s side sit just four points above Rotherham United who have a game in hand on the Rams.

Rooney has experienced immense pressure as a player but this is his debut season as a head coach.

The Derby boss said his players are ready and are ‘excited’ for the weekend.

“There’s pressure with everything you do, so there’s no point running away and hiding. We have to enjoy the challenge.

“The players and the staff are all ready for the game on Saturday – we’re excited for it.”

Rooney isn’t naive and has admitted it will be difficult against Steve Cooper’s side.

“Swansea are a good team, but it’s on us to go and perform. I have confidence in the players to be ready, to go out there and do their jobs, and get a positive result.

“We’re doing everything in our power to stay in this division and I’m confident that we can do that. We know it’s in our hands. My players will be ready for the challenge,” he added.

Derby striker, Colin Kazim-Richards returned to the scoresheet last weekend – which may be the perfect time for Rooney.

“It was great for Colin to get his goal, but more importantly how he got his goal. The work we have been doing is to get him into the six-yard box and central areas, so I was pleased.”

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