Meet the opposition | Derby County

28th April
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As Swansea City get set to host Derby County this weekend, we take a closer look at the Rams, their history, and how they have fared this season.

What's their story?

The Rams have been in the Championship since a record-low Premier League points tally of 11 saw them fall into the second tier at the end of the 2007-08 campaign.

They have made four play-off appearances since, with their most recent seeing them miss out on promotion to the top-flight in May as they lost the Wembey final to Aston Villa.

The East Midlands side have two First Division titles to their name, with successes in 1971-72 and 1974-75 coming with Brian Clough and Dave Mackay at the helm respectively.

How's their form?

Louie Sibley

The Rams have lost their last five Championship fixtures to leave them battling to retain their place in the division as the season enters the final stages.

They have won just one of their previous 13 games, which has seen them slide to within striking distance of those looking to haul themselves out of the drop zone.

Who's the boss?

 

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney. The former Everton, Manchester United and England forward has been in charge since the dismissal of Phillip Cocu in November.

Rooney came through the academy ranks at Everton, making his first-team bow as a 16-year-old, before a trophy-laden 13 years with United over the course of which he became the club’s record scorer.

His 53 goals in 120 caps also made him England’s record goalscorer, and he had a second spell at Everton before moving on to DC United and Derby.

Who's the captain?

David Marshall

David Marshall. The Scotland international goalkeeper joined the Rams last summer and his experience will be key for a largely youthful squad.

The 36-year-old started his career with Celtic before stints with Norwich, Cardiff, Hull and Wigan before making the move to Pride Park.

He was handed the captaincy when Rooney was named full-time boss in January.

Who are the key men?

Colin Kazim-Richards

Colin Kaim-Richards has led the line for Derby and banged in eight goals to top their goalscoring charts.

Youngsters like Jason Knight, Louie Sibley and Max Bird have shown glimpses of their undoubted talents.

On-loan Brighton defender Matt Clarke and Craig Forsyth have important tasks during this final run-in.

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