Derby County suffered their fifth consecutive defeat on Saturday afternoon when they lost to Birmingham City 2-1 at Pride Park.

Derby manager, Wayne Rooney, has admitted he is frustrated and ‘can’t keep relying on other teams’.

Although Rotherham United also lost today, they still have two games in hand and are just four points behind Rooney’s Rams.

“I am feeling frustrated. I felt today was a chance for us to be in a very good position had we won the game. They (the three teams below Derby) have lost, and we have lost.

“On the other hand it still gives us a chance, but as I said a couple of games ago the games are whittling out and as they are, other teams have to pick up points. They are under pressure to pick up those points but we can’t keep relying on other teams. We keep letting opportuinites slip.”

Rooney said: “I am disappointed with the result, I didn’t think there was much in the game and I thought it was quite even,” Rooney said.

“We set up a bit differently today and went more direct, went with a few more long balls to match Birmingham in how they play.

“I thought we did that well in the first half, got the goal and took the lead. To lose from that position is very disappointing.”

Rooney has said that the two goals conceded came from ‘lapses in concentration’ and ultimately that cost his side.

“Birmingham must have had about 25 long throws into the box and were causing problems with them. I thought we defended really well against it and then two lapses in concentration has cost us.

“Conceding the first goal knocked us a bit, but I felt we were still in the game, but the second goal was the killer. You can’t turn off for one second. It is very disappointing.”

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