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Preston finally have Deepdale revenge on Wayne Rooney as Derby crumble

Preston all but secured their Championship status for another season having beaten Derby County 3-0 on Tuesday night.

North End claimed a pretty convincing win, as Ben Whiteman, Ched Evans and Ryan Ledson all found the net against the Rams.

The win drags North End 13 points clear of the relegation zone, so it looks like Frankie McAvoy has achieved the task set out when he became interim head coach.

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As for Derby, it’s looking pretty desperate. That’s four defeats in a row, and they sit just four points clear of Rotherham United, who have three games in hand on the Rams.

They’re also just four points clear of Sheffield Wednesday, the team they face on the final day of the season. To put it bluntly, Wayne Rooney is in danger of suffering relegation in his first managerial job.

Preston fans haven’t really had much sympathy with Rooney and his situation, and that may go back to an incident in 2015 between North End and Manchester United.

With United 2-1 up over Preston in an FA Cup tie at Deepdale, Rooney appeared to dive over Thorsten Stuckmann to win a penalty for United, which he then stepped up to score himself.

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Many Preston supporters have viewed Rooney through a pretty negative lens since that moment, even though, if we’re completely honest, Preston haven’t always played exactly by the book… Darnell Fisher, Ben Pearson and Joe Garner spring to mind.

Still, North End have now completed a league double over Rooney this season and now beaten him at Deepdale more than six years since that incident.

Paul Huntington, Paul Gallagher and Mathew Hudson are the only players from the squad that night still involved at Preston, so this one is more for the fans than anyone at the club, but it does feel like a little revenge has been exerted.

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