Middlesbrough's unbeaten run of 10 games came to an end at the weekend as they were undone by a late penalty by Teemu Pukki. It was also the first goal they had conceded in 452 minutes.
Boro were controversially denied their own penalty when Marcus Tavernier was adjudged to have made a double connection with the ball as he converted. Such is football, Norwich were handed a penalty soon after, and all of their possession was rewarded as they scored to take all three points.
Looking ahead to Derby, Boro will hope they can buck a trend of losses which means they are winless in their last four league meetings with Derby, since a 2-1 away win in April 2018.
As a manager, Neil Warnock's track record is not much better and he has only won one of his last 11 league meetings with Derby County, last winning with Cardiff in 2017.
Despite their unbeaten record, Middlesbrough are now without a win in three and will welcome a home fixture against the division's bottom side in the hope that they can get back to winning ways, and keep pace with the playoff-chasing pack.
Rooney impressed against City and will be key to Derby's recovery, both on and off the pitch. Rams fans will also be buoyed by his ability to hurt Boro, with six goal involvements in his last six league matches against the Smoggies.
The Riverside has not always been a happy hunting ground for Derby, after a run saw them lose nine of 10 league visits to Middlesbrough between 2001 and 2016, but they are unbeaten in their last three and will be desperate to extend that run.
Derby have not won away in five games, with their last victory - and only win of the season - coming against Norwich City.
Middlesbrough Championship form: DWWDDL
Derby County Championship form: DDDLLL
Britt Assombalonga could return to the starting lineup on Wednesday night having sat out the last two and will be keen to add to the three goals he has scored against Derby to date.
After no goals in three games, Warnock may look to shuffle his pack in order to ignite his attacking line. The seemingly out-of-favour Patrick Roberts could be selected. Alternatively, Chuba Akpom could partner Assombalonga to bolster Boro's attacking options.
Grant Hall is nearing full fitness and could feature as Warnock looks to reintroduce the recent signing back into the fold.
For Derby, defender Krystian Bielik was not involved in the matchday squad for Derby's 1-0 loss on Saturday afternoon, but could return.
Youngster Jahmal Hector-Ingram is also pushing for a start after Rosenior admitted he was close to starting away to Bristol City, after impressing in training.
Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Bettinelli; Dijksteel, Fry, McNair; Bola, Howson, Saville, Tavernier, Spence; Coulson, Assombalonga
Derby County possible starting lineup:
Marshall; Wisdom, Davies, Clarke, Forsyth; Bird, Shinnie; Waghorn, Rooney, Holmes; Hector-Ingram
We say: Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby County
Goals could be hard to come by on Tuesday night, with Derby likely to try and keep it tight for large periods. The onus will be on a blunt Boro attack to stamp their authority on the game, but we suspect they will find a way to overcome the opposition.