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Wayne Rooney’s Derby would have finished 11th in the Championship if it hadn’t been for a 21-point deduction from the EFL

TOM LAWRENCE admits Derby’s odds-defying win is ’emotional’ after another bad week for the club.

But he doesn’t know if the Rams can stay together this month.

Wayne Rooney and his Derby team would have finished 11th in the Championship had it not been for the 21 point deduction

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Wayne Rooney and his Derby team would have finished 11th in the Championship had it not been for the 21 point deductionCredit: Getty

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Lawrence scored two spectacular goals in nine minutes to extend the struggling club’s unbeaten run to five games and lift them from bottom of the table – despite fighting with 21 minuses.

Without that penalty, Derby would be 11order in the Championship.

But captain Lawrence could be a transfer target with Derby – who is still in charge – in need of fundraising, with the situation currently out of boss Wayne Rooney’s control and the prospect of the Rams being kicked out of the league mid-season.

Phil Jagielka and Graeme Shinnie were reluctant to move into construction when it was announced the new owner would not be coming – and the EFL wanted proof of the funds until the end of the season.

But Derby still managed to produce a display that means their unlikely championship-survival bid remains.

Lawrence, 28, said: “It was difficult. You feel very different things. You feel emotional because there are big players in this group but I think we showed how professional we are.

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“If we can keep this group together then I think we can do something special – but I don’t know.

“It was fun to play with those guys. They give 100% no problem and I’m just glad we could have a smile on our face. “

Rooney knows who the administrator’s favorite buyer will be. But claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe involving financial irregularities and corresponding point deductions mean the new owners aren’t ready to move in yet.

Rooney, who is one of the favorites for the vacancy at Everton after Rafa Benitez’s sacking, said: “That could go on – which I suppose is why the EFL wasn’t involved in it.”

Jagielka, 39, joined Stoke at the weekend.

Tom Lawrence celebrates his second goal in a 2-0 win over Sheffield United

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Tom Lawrence celebrates his second goal in a 2-0 win over Sheffield UnitedCredit: PA

“Phil has clubs that offer more money than we can pay him but he wants to stay here,” said Rooney.

“I actually told him to turn down a club last week because I believed we could sign him.

“Thankfully he has a club, I would feel a lot worse without him. Phil knew it was out of my control.”

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