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Barnsley 1-2 Derby County

Chris Martin celebrates

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.

Steve McClaren

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Post-match: Derby coach Steve McClaren

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."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Steele
  • 14Wiseman
  • 4Kennedy
  • 8DawsonBooked at 89mins
  • 3Ramage
  • 6Cranie
  • 7O'BrienBooked at 79minsSubstituted forScotlandat 90'minutes
  • 23EtuhuSubstituted forCywkaat 56'minutes
  • 10O'Grady
  • 42McCourtSubstituted forPedersenat 57'minutes
  • 21Mellis

Substitutes

  • 2Hassell
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 9Scotland
  • 11Perkins
  • 19Cywka
  • 20Pedersen
  • 30Dibble

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33WisdomBooked at 64mins
  • 3Forsyth
  • 14Eustace
  • 38Keane
  • 25Buxton
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forBennettat 82'minutes
  • 19Hughes
  • 9MartinSubstituted forSammonat 76'minutes
  • 11Russell
  • 32DawkinsSubstituted forWardat 73'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 1, Derby County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Derby County 2.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

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

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

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).

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

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.

Substitution

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

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

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

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley).

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Craig Bryson.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

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

Delay in match (Derby County).

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

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

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

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

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

Foul by Peter Ramage (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Ward replaces Simon Dawkins.

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

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

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

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

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

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

Booking

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2315351448
2Derby2313551944
3Burnley2312831744
4QPR2312741143
5Nottm Forest2310941039
6Ipswich23986935
7Leeds231058835
8Brighton23986735
9Reading23977234
10Blackpool23887-232
11Huddersfield23878531
12Blackburn23878131
13Watford23797630
14Wigan22868130
15Middlesbrough23788529
16Bournemouth238510-1029
17Birmingham23779128
18Bolton23689-526
19Charlton235810-823
20Millwall235711-2122
21Doncaster235612-2221
22Sheff Wed223109-919
23Yeovil234514-1817
24Barnsley233713-2116
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