Rooney, starting ahead for Derby, seized the chance to win the Rams their first points of the season in the 88th minute with the perfect free kick
The former Manchester United striker wrapped the ball around the wall and straight into the corner to win the game 1-0 for his side
Derby has struggled so far this season with losses to Reading, Luton Town and Blackburn Rovers in the league, while also being knocked out of the Carabao Cup
On Saturday they traveled to Carrow Road, with recently relegated Norwich having also struggled so far this season
Teemu Pukki, who impressed at times in the Premier League last season, had the chance to put his side in the lead early in the second half on Saturday
George Evans blocked Onel Hernandez’s shot with his arm, earning the hosts a penalty, but Pukki slipped in horrific conditions and sent his shot over the bar
Phillip Cocu’s side gave up 67% of possession in the game, with Norwich also having 13 shots, but their tactics took them out of the relegation zone for the first time this season
The goal was Rooney’s first since beating Preston North End in July, leaving him scoreless in 10 games before Saturday
When you can still score occasional free kicks like this, you are allowed to go scoreless a little longer!
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