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Derby County 2-1 Barnsley: Wayne Rooney captains Rams to victory against Tykes

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Rooney 'ready' to adapt to Championship

Wayne Rooney captained Derby County to victory on his debut for the Rams and set up their first goal as they beat Championship strugglers Barnsley.

Jack Marriott atoned for a number of squandered chances at Pride Park when he poked home Rooney's free-kick just before half-time to put the Rams ahead.

Barnsley levelled soon after the break when Elliot Simoes tapped in after Derby goalkeeper Ben Hamer spilled Conor Chaplin's shot.

Martyn Waghorn restored Derby's lead when he fired home Andre Wisdom's low cross and the hosts held on for victory.

Rooney, whose last game was at the end of October for DC United, played the full 90 minutes in the centre of midfield.

Derby remain 17th in a tight table but move level on points with Middlesbrough, while Barnsley are three points off safety in 23rd.

A decent debut for captain Rooney

Rams manager Phillip Cocu had no hesitation putting 34-year-old Rooney straight into the starting XI and making him captain, citing his "leadership" qualities.

Having joined the club on an 18-month player-coach deal in August, the former England captain was ineligible to play until January.

Wayne Rooney
Rooney was playing his 724th club game

In a subdued but comfortable first-half performance, Rooney pulled the strings and finally gave a crowd of 27,782 reason to celebrate as he assisted the hosts' opener with an excellent inswinging free-kick.

From midway inside Barnsley's half, Rooney bent the ball over the defence and onto the foot of Marriott who finished first time from 12 yards.

He also played a part in their second goal, sending a lovely cross-field pass to Wisdom who then set up Waghorn.

Rooney even had the chance to mark his debut with a goal, but miscued a header from a few yards out and the ball dribbled wide.

After struggling for form this term, Derby started the match closer to the Championship relegation zone than the play-off places, but their win moved them to eight points off sixth place.

Monday's win against Charlton was their first victory in eight games, with Rooney in the dugout as a coach for seven of those matches.

England's all-time record goalscorer, Rooney won the Premier League five times, the Champions League, the FA Cup and three League Cups in 13 years with Manchester United and is now off to a winning start in his first spell in England's second tier.

Marriott makes amends for misses

Before Rooney set up the opener for Marriott, the striker missed a couple of glaring opportunities. First, he fired wide of the mark from Waghorn's delivery before he chipped a tame shot from distance wide after bursting through on goal.

Jack Marriott
Jack Marriott endured a mixed first half for the Rams

Having started the game poorly, Barnsley were reinvigorated when boss Gerhard Struber made an early tactical change by bringing Simoes on for Mike Bahre after just 26 minutes.

They were almost rewarded just before Marriott's opener when Mads Andersen found space at close range, forcing a last-minute block from a Derby defender.

Barnsley keeper Sam Radlinger made a stunning diving right-handed save to keep out Matt Clarke's header shortly after the restart and the visitors immediately levelled through Simoes' strike.

However, Waghorn's composed finish ensured the hosts registered two wins in a row for the first time this season.

'We dug in'

Rooney told BBC Radio Derby that it was important to stay focused despite all the hype around his debut.

"It was a big night for myself, big night for the club, a lot of excitement, but the main priority tonight was to get three points," he said.

"It feels good to finally make my debut and help the team win.

"It was a difficult game, I thought Barnsley played well, made it tough for us, but we worked hard, created chances, we could have made it easier for ourselves but we dug in and worked hard until the end.

"It was a good ball and a great finish from Jack. I'm pleased for Jack because he needed that goal."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 12Hamer
  • 2Wisdom
  • 33Davies
  • 16Clarke
  • 25Lowe
  • 23HolmesBooked at 77mins
  • 32Rooney
  • 41Bird
  • 38Knight
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forWhittakerat 82'minutes
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forMaloneat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Forsyth
  • 19Martin
  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 40Sibley
  • 46Malone
  • 49Whittaker

Barnsley

  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 2Williams
  • 5Diaby
  • 6Andersen
  • 22Oduor
  • 10BähreSubstituted forSimoes Inacioat 26'minutes
  • 24Halme
  • 27Mowatt
  • 16Thomas
  • 11Chaplin
  • 19SchmidtSubstituted forBrownat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dougall
  • 7Brown
  • 20Styles
  • 21Sibbick
  • 28Simoes Inacio
  • 32Mottley-Henry
  • 40Collins
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
27,782

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Barnsley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Barnsley 1.

Attempt missed. Luke Thomas (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Attempt blocked. Elliot Simoes (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Williams.

Attempt saved. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Morgan Whittaker replaces Jack Marriott.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Brown (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.

Foul by Mads Andersen (Barnsley).

Jack Marriott (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Duane Holmes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke Thomas (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Duane Holmes (Derby County).

Foul by Aapo Halme (Barnsley).

Duane Holmes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Scott Malone replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Max Lowe.

Bambo Diaby (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

Attempt missed. Duane Holmes (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn.

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Lowe.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Max Bird.

Attempt blocked. Jason Knight (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Mads Andersen (Barnsley) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Clarke Oduor with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Wayne Rooney.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Barnsley 1. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.

Foul by Elliot Simoes (Barnsley).

Jason Knight (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

Attempt missed. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Williams with a cross.

Foul by Elliot Simoes (Barnsley).

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jacob Brown replaces Patrick Schmidt.

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) with an attempt from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Knight with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Barnsley 1. Elliot Simoes (Barnsley) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Williams.

Attempt saved. Matthew Clarke (Derby County) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Max Bird with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds26157443212252
2West Brom261410248282052
3Brentford26134941202143
4Nottm Forest2512763425943
5Fulham26126840301042
6Swansea2611873230241
7Millwall26101063432240
8Sheff Wed26116937261139
9Hull2611694034639
10Preston2611693632439
11Bristol City2610883940-138
12Cardiff2691073840-237
13Blackburn26106103434036
14Reading25105103328535
15QPR26105114448-435
16Middlesbrough268992632-633
17Derby268992634-833
18Birmingham2685133143-1229
19Charlton2677123437-328
20Huddersfield2677123042-1228
21Stoke2673163342-924
22Wigan2658132439-1523
23Barnsley2649133349-1621
24Luton2663173256-2421
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