Derby moved up to second in the Championship table with victory at bottom club Barnsley.

Chris Martin put the Rams ahead after eight minutes and doubled their advantage with a header early in the second half.

Tomasz Cywka gave the Tykes hopes with an effort from outside the area.

Danny Wilson's side, who have not won in three matches since his return as manager, pushed for a late equaliser but it never came.

Since Steve McClaren's appointment in late September, the Rams have risen from 14th to second in the table. They have won eight of nine Championship games, with the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield on Boxing Day the only blip.

Barnsley, on the other hand, are now five points adrift of safety after a run of one win from 11 Championship games.

The differing form of both sides was immediately evident with Martin taking the ball from team-mate Simon Dawkins to fire past Luke Steele.

Johnny Russell almost added a second, before Stephen Dawson, Peter Ramage, Chris O'Grady and Martin Cranie had chances for the hosts.

Derby midfielder Craig Bryson, who had scored in his previous four games, fired straight at Steele at the end of the first half when he should have extended his goalscoring run.

But four minutes into the second half, their lead was doubled as unmarked Martin headed home Andre Wisdom's cross at the back post.

Derby looked like they were going to ease to victory before former Rams midfielder Cywka showed some skills 25 yards from goal and fired a low effort beyond keeper Lee Grant.

Cywka was denied by a last-ditch tackle and Jim O'Brien forced a save from Grant as Barnsley looked for an equaliser that should have come when O'Grady fired over from 12 yards out in injury-time.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"I've got mixed emotions. I think the back end of the game was very positive from our point of view; the first part of the game, going two-nil down in the manner we did, was really disappointing.

"We need a lot of work doing. We can't continue to keep saying 'We should've got something out of the game, we should've done this', I'm bored with it already, I've only had three games. Having the same old stuff to say all the time, I'm not prepared to do it.

"We have to move and move players around in January as best we can, whether we've got to let players go we'll have to wait and see but if it's for the better of the team then we're going to have to do it."

Derby head coach Steve McClaren:

"There's a still a long way to go but, as I've said before, if someone said you'd be where you're now [when he took over in September] I'd have said 'You're crazy, you're barking mad'.

"When you're challenging at the top, the season really begins with the last 10 games and if we're in this situation and if we've got a chance in the last 10 games then I think all the expectation and all the pressure comes.

"What we're doing at the present moment is enjoying the ride and let's see in March and April where we are and maybe get excited a little bit but at the moment there's a long way to go."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 08 Dawson Booked
  • 03 Ramage
  • 06 Cranie
  • 07 O'Brien Booked (Scotland - 90' )
  • 23 Etuhu (Cywka - 56' )
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 42 McCourt (Pedersen - 57' )
  • 21 Mellis

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 09 Scotland
  • 11 Perkins
  • 19 Cywka
  • 20 Pedersen
  • 30 Dibble

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom Booked
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace
  • 38 Keane
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson (Bennett - 82' )
  • 19 Hughes
  • 09 Martin (Sammon - 76' )
  • 11 Russell
  • 32 Dawkins (Ward - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Ward
  • 17 Freeman
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 34 Cissé
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 16,338

Match Stats

Shots

19 14

On target

3 4

Corners

3 3

Fouls

16 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barnsley 1, Derby County 2.

90:00 +5:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Derby County 2.

90:00 +4:46

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

90:00 +3:43

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

90:00 +3:43

Scott Wiseman (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:52

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:52

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).

90:00 +2:33

Offside, Derby County. Will Hughes tries a through ball, but Conor Sammon is caught offside.

90:00 +0:51

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Wiseman with a cross.

89:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces Jim O'Brien.

88:31 Booking

Booking Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:16

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:16

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

87:16

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

85:18

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:18

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley).

85:10

Attempt blocked. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

84:29

Attempt blocked. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

83:20

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Will Hughes.

81:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Craig Bryson.

80:12

Attempt saved. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

79:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:52 Booking

Booking Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:15

Delay in match (Derby County).

78:04

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:04

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

75:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

74:50

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

74:50

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:44

Attempt blocked. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

73:11

Jamie Ward (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:11

Foul by Peter Ramage (Barnsley).

72:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Ward replaces Simon Dawkins.

72:07

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Will Hughes.

70:26

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:26

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

68:59

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

64:44

Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

64:31

Attempt blocked. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:43 Booking

Booking Andre Wisdom (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:20

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

63:20

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 1, Derby County 2. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

60:54

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

60:54

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:54

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:54

Foul by Peter Ramage (Barnsley).

59:07

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:07

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Barnsley).

56:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Marcus Pedersen replaces Patrick McCourt.

55:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Tomasz Cywka replaces Kelvin Etuhu.

55:34

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross following a corner.

55:21

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

54:18

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:18

Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

53:12

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

53:12

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:03

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

49:54

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:54

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

48:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 0, Derby County 2. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.

46:59

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Barnsley 0, Derby County 1.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barnsley 0, Derby County 1.

45:00 +0:06

Attempt saved. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross.

43:41

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:41

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

43:26

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Martin with a headed pass.

40:08

Offside, Derby County. Jake Buxton tries a through ball, but Simon Dawkins is caught offside.

39:13

Offside, Derby County. John Eustace tries a through ball, but Simon Dawkins is caught offside.

38:46

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Ramage.

37:47

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

37:47

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:45

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

36:45

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:52

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

34:52

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:44

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Chris Martin.

32:11

Foul by Michael Keane (Derby County).

32:11

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:38

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

30:36

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:36

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

28:59

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

28:59

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:36

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:36

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

23:46

Attempt missed. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jim O'Brien.

22:44

Attempt missed. Martin Cranie (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a corner.

22:13

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

22:06

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jim O'Brien.

21:14

Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

20:49

Attempt saved. Peter Ramage (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

20:17

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Michael Keane.

20:15

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

18:44

Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

18:14

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

18:14

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:40

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:40

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

15:06

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

14:52

Attempt blocked. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

14:11

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

14:11

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:52

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

11:40

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:40

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

10:36

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the left side of the box is blocked.

9:59

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:59

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Barnsley).

7:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 0, Derby County 1. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

5:26

Attempt missed. Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Dawson with a cross.

2:18

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

1:56

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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