Two In Two For Derby
Attendance: 20, 808
Derby County's patience paid off as their dominance eventually saw them take a 2-0 victory against Barnsley at Pride Park to move up to ninth place in the table. Derby were on the front foot in the first half without creating a hat-full of chances against a stubborn Barnsley backline with Will Hughes and Jeff Hendrick both forcing saves from Luke Steele whilst Chris Dagnall and Tomasz Cywka came close for the visitors. Paul Coutts forced a reaction save from the Barnsley keeper from a set piece and James O'Connor tapped home from close range to give his side the lead with just over twenty minutes to play. Stephen Dawson volleyed over with a great chance to equalise and substitute Nathan Tyson smashed home a superb second on ninety minutes to tie up the points and give The Rams their second home win of the week.
Nigel Clough names an unchanged side with Jake Buxton being named amongst the substitutes after returning from his one match suspension. In a tight opening neither side could build up any momentum, John Brayford and Paul Coutts linked up well down the right but the midfielder's cross was slightly behind Theo Robinson and the ball was cleared to safety. Barnsley were next to threaten when Scott Wiseman beat two defenders before pulling the ball back but Chris Dagnall stabbed his effort wide of the mark when well placed.
Tomasz Cywka picked out Jacobs Mellis but he could only volley over from twelve yards and Jeff Hendrick had a shot straight at Luke Steele at the other end before Richard Keogh cut inside and dragged a left foot effort wide of the near post from the edge of the area. Connor Sammon did well to hold off a defender and laid the ball off to Will Hughes but Steele held his low shot and Cywka went close with a firmly struck drive but Adam Legzdins was equal to the effort as the sides went in level at the break.
Dagnall had an early effort flash wide at the start of the second period but Derby were soon on top and Craig Bryson was nearly released by Robinson but couldn't get the ball under control from his pass. Coutts forced a fine reflex save from Steele with a freekick from just outside the area and Bryson was involved again but could only fire into the side netting from a tight angle after some neat buildup play. The pressure finally told with just over twenty minutes to go when Hughes' freekick to the far post was met by Keogh and as his header struck the inside of the post James O'Connor tapped home the rebound from close range.
Nathan Tyson was introduced with six minutes to go and nearly made an immediate impact but his dipping effort dropped just the wrong side of the crossbar and onto the roof of the net and Stephen Dawson volleyed over with a great chance when a Tom Kennedy corner found him unmarked ten yards from goal. Tyson wrapped up the points in the ninetieth minute after a swift counter-attacking move saw Hughes and Bryson tee him up and he ripped a shot into the top corner beyond Steele who was left clutching at thin air as the ball flew past him.
Derby County: Legzdins; Brayford, Keogh, O`Connor, Roberts; Coutts (Freeman 90), Hendrick, Bryson, Hughes; Sammon (Tyson 84), Robinson (Jacobs 75).
Subs Not Used: Deeney, Buxton, Davies, O`Brien.
Barnsley: Steele; Wiseman, McNulty, Kennedy, Golbourne; Cranie; Cywka (Done 72), Dawson, Mellis (O`Brien 79), Etuhu (Harewood 79); Dagnall.
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Hassell, Foster, Silva.