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Wayne Rooney admits Derby are "conceding too many sloppy goals"

Wayne Rooney admits Derby are
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The Rams are in relegation trouble after a fourth successive defeat.

Wayne Rooney admitted Derby face an uphill battle to avoid relegation from the Sky Bet Championship after his side suffered a fourth successive defeat, 3-0 at Preston.

Ben Whiteman headed the Lilywhites into the lead in the 18th minute before Ched Evans doubled their lead by pouncing on a loose ball to convert from close range with 17 minutes left to play.

Ryan Ledson wrapped up the three points for Preston with a low free-kick in the closing stages, leaving the Rams just four points above the relegation zone in 21st position.

And after watching his side slip to another league defeat, former Manchester United and England striker Rooney was left to reflect on a series of mistakes which proved costly at Deepdale.

He said: "We started the game brightly but their first goal on the night comes from a number of mistakes from our players. These are important players for us, so that part of the game is frustrating to take as a manager.

"We are still conceding too many sloppy goals and we only created a few half chances tonight and we didn't score from those.

"This result now means we have an uphill battle in the next three games right up until the end of the season – and we know that.

"We have to pick ourselves up even though we are in a difficult situation. We have to hope that other teams around us lose games and then we have to go out and try and win our own games.

"That is what we have to do if we want to have a chance of staying in the league."

The victory for Preston was their second in five matches under interim head coach Frankie McAvoy, who is relishing every moment in charge of the club he loves.

"I thought we were extremely disciplined right from the start tonight," said McAvoy. "We knew it was a big game and the first goal would be crucial to the game.

"We had to then go on and weather a bit of a storm in the first 15 minutes after the break, but we stood up to it, got the second goal and the third goal was the icing on the cake.

"That means we now have three clean sheets from five games and the lads deserve a lot of credit for that. I cannot ask any more from the lads, their team spirit has been magnificent.

"That goes a long way. I love being here and I love the club. They have given me an opportunity and a chance for eight games here.

"I am an honest character and I will continue to give it everything for the next three games. After that, we will see, but I am enjoying it.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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