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Derby County 2-1 Barnsley

Derby's Tom Ince
Tom Ince's goal was his 13th for Derby County this season

Derby revived their play-off hopes by fighting back to beat Barnsley for their first win in seven games.

The visitors went ahead when the Rams failed to deal with Marc Roberts' long throw and on-loan midfielder Matty James headed home.

The lead lasted only two minutes as Tom Ince fired into the net after Barnsley's defence failed to clear.

Ince then hit the post before David Nugent struck with the help of a deflection - his first goal for Derby.

The three points lifted Steve McClaren's Rams, who had lost three of the previous four games, above their opponents into 10th place in the Championship table - but 10 points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday in sixth.

It took the hosts half an hour to muster a shot on goal as Paul Heckingbottom's Tykes made a lively start with striker Adam Armstrong, in particular, threatening an early breakthrough.

The home team put their sluggish opening behind them as Johnny Russell and Julien de Sart tested goalkeeper Adam Davies, but they paid the price for poor marking when James nodded into the corner after the break. It was his first goal since scoring for parent club Leicester in a 2-2 draw with Watford more than three years ago.

Ince pounced for the equaliser as Barnsley's defence failed to deal with a ball into the box, but although Davies tipped over from Russell's curler, he could do nothing with Nugent's effort which wrongfooted him after hitting defender Angus MacDonald.

Derby boss Steve McClaren: "It's a big win for us and I have to say it was fantastic character from 1-0 down from a long throw and everyone could have gone down.

"It was important to react quickly which we did and then it was quite an open game, but we got the goal and then hung on at the end.

"It's one game at a time, I hate losing and I've been angry in the last couple of weeks. It's not a pleasant taste and we talked about finding a way to win today.

"Two defeats put us back in terms of confidence and we're now just trying to build confidence."

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom: "The players are an honest bunch and they are disappointed with the two goals we have conceded.

"I'm disappointed with a few performances in that we weren't positive enough and didn't have a big enough effect on the game to make us win it.

"If you think you are conceding sloppy goals and some of your players aren't at their best, the fact we've lost 2-1 and could have got something out of the game shows how far we've come.

"I'm generally not bad at getting the result in perspective, good or bad, but I feel a bit thrown today from the feedback I'm getting from other people and how I feel about the game."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 29Olsson
  • 7RussellSubstituted forHughesat 79'minutes
  • 17de SartSubstituted forButterfieldat 45'minutes
  • 15Johnson
  • 23VydraSubstituted forAnyaat 84'minutes
  • 10Ince
  • 28NugentBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 8Anya
  • 18Butterfield
  • 19Hughes
  • 20Camara
  • 35Mitchell
  • 38Bennett

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 29Jones
  • 4Roberts
  • 5MacDonald
  • 17YiadomBooked at 27mins
  • 15Watkins
  • 6ScowenBooked at 58minsSubstituted forLeeat 87'minutes
  • 36James
  • 7Hammill
  • 20BradshawSubstituted forKentat 75'minutes
  • 32ArmstrongSubstituted forMowattat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Moncur
  • 11Lee
  • 13Townsend
  • 18Jackson
  • 27Mowatt
  • 38Elder
  • 40Kent
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
30,280

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home24
Away15
Shots on Target
Home10
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Barnsley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Barnsley 1.

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Kent (Barnsley).

Attempt saved. Ryan Kent (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Angus MacDonald.

Booking

David Nugent (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Alex Pearce (Derby County).

Marley Watkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Will Hughes (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Alex Pearce (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Ince following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Markus Olsson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Kent (Barnsley).

Dangerous play by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Elliot Lee replaces Josh Scowen.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Ikechi Anya replaces Matej Vydra.

Attempt missed. Ryan Kent (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marc Roberts.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Ryan Kent (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Will Hughes replaces Johnny Russell.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Barnsley 1. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Kent replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Alex Mowatt replaces Adam Armstrong.

David Nugent (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Barnsley).

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Adam Davies.

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Nugent with a headed pass.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle35244769294076
2Brighton35218658312771
3Huddersfield3420594539665
4Leeds352041149351464
5Reading35196104946363
6Sheff Wed351871047341361
7Fulham341511859401956
8Norwich35157136053752
9Preston351410114744352
10Derby35149123832651
11Barnsley35148135350350
12Cardiff35137154851-346
13Aston Villa351112123538-345
14Brentford34128145149244
15Ipswich351013123643-743
16QPR35127163949-1043
17Birmingham351110143752-1543
18Nottm Forest35117174958-940
19Burton35910163447-1337
20Blackburn3499163950-1136
21Wolves3398164046-635
22Bristol City3597194452-834
23Wigan35710183041-1131
24Rotherham3545263279-4717
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