Rams Downed At Oakwell
Attendance: 10, 149
A torrid first half showing from Derby County was just too much to overcome as they tasted defeat for the first time in league in 2012 going down 3-2 to Barnsley at Oakwell. Tom Carroll marked his debut after joining on loan from Tottenham Hotspur with a goal four minutes into injury time at the end of the match but it was in the first half that the damage was done with goals from Craig Done, an Andy Gray penalty and neat chip from Scott Wiseman giving the home side a three goal lead at the break. The Rams came out strongly after the break with Jamie Ward looking dangerous and his thumping freekick with twenty-one minutes to go set up a tense finish for the Yorkshire side but Nigel Clough`s side couldn`t find another goal until the injury time strike which proved to be too little too late.
There were two changes to the Derby side that lost in the FA Cup at the weekend with Ryan Noble and Tom Carroll coming in for Paul Green and James Bailey as Nigel Clough reverted to a 4-4-2 formation. Barnsley were not in action at the weekend and they started strongly forcing a couple of early corners with Stephen Foster forcing a save from Frank Fielding with a looping header. The pressure continued and the home side took the lead on twelve minutes when Korey Smith released Craig Done and he drilled a shot across Fielding and into the far corner for the opener.
Fielding was in action again to save Andy Gray`s overhead kick on twenty minutes but the striker was not to be denied and he slammed home a penalty three minutes later when John Brayford was adjudged to have pushed Done in the area. David Perkins flashed a shot wide from outside of the area as Barnsley continued to dominate and Callum Ball had The Rams` first effort on note at the other end as his powerfully struck volley forced Luke Steele into his first save of the evening.
Scott Wiseman made a long run forward from the right side of defence and he was picked out by Smith with a neat ball before he chipped the ball over the advancing Fielding for Barnsley`s third goal of the half. Fielding then made another fine save to keep out Michael Tonge`s effort with ten minutes to go until the break as the home side rounded out a lively first half by threatening a fourth goal.
Derby came out a changed side after the break and were soon on the front foot and Jamie Ward tested Steele with a dipping effort as they saw much more of the ball in the opening stages. Carroll blasted over the top after another neat move from The Rams and Nathan Tyson was introduced from the bench just before the hour mark in place of Noble. The former Forest striker`s pace nearly created an immediate chance but his cut back to Craig Bryson was smothered by Steele.
Ward pulled a goal back with just over twenty minutes to go when he thumped a freekick beyond the wall and into the far corner and The Rams continued to apply the pressure with Ward again coming close with a volley that flew only just wide of the target. The nerves were jangling for the home side but despite continued pressure it wasn`t until the fourth minute of injury time that Derby managed another effort on goal when Carroll converted from close range but there was barely enough time to kick-off again before the referee blew the final whistle as Barnsley held on for the win.
Barnsley: Steele, Edwards, Foster, Davies, Done, Perkins, Wiseman (Hassell 87), McNulty, Smith (Noble-Laazrus 78), Gray, Tonge (Doyle 66).
Subs Not Used: Preece, Dagnall.
Derby County: Fielding, Brayford, Barker, Shackell, Roberts, Hendrick, Bryson, Carroll, Ward, Ball, Noble (Tyson 58).
Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Buxton, Bailey, B Davies.