Derby County were on the wrong end of a battering on Tuesday evening, losing 4-0 to a well-drilled Cardiff City side.

The Rams dominated the ball, boasting 73% of the possession, but were ultimately unable to trouble Mick McCarthy’s side who now look destined for a top six finish.

Wayne Rooney opted to rest a number of key players against the Bluebirds, a decision which provided Everton loanee Beni Baningime with his first start for the club.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: Callum Hulme of Leicester City in action with Beni Baningime of Everton during the Premier League 2 match between Leicester City and Everton at Leicester City Training Ground on January 25, 2021 in Seagrave, Leicester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

The 22-year-old featured for the entirety of the clash in South Wales, playing alongside the ever-present Graeme Shinnie in the centre of midfield.

 

Supporters were understandably unhappy with the team’s performance as a whole, but Baningime’s individual showing happened to split opinion online with some spectators clearly more pleased than others.

So, the jury is still out on Baningime, but it’s a quick turnaround for him and the rest of the squad as Rooney’s side travel to St. Andrews on Saturday to take on Coventry City.

Let’s hope that we won’t see a repeat of Tuesday’s performance at the weekend.

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