Rams hit rock bottom as Barnsley take the points
Barnsley piled more misery on Derby County as they continued their fine form under Valerien Ismael with a 2-0 win at Pride Park on Saturday.
Conor Chaplin punished a David Marshall error after 30 minutes before Victor Adeboyejo secured the points with a fine long range effort just before the end.
Derby came in to this game desperate for a win, as they sat 23rd in the Championship with just the solitary victory all season.
Barnsley on the other hand had been enjoying a renaissance under new coach Ismael, winning two of their three games since the Frenchman took over.
The hosts started the game in an unconventional system in Phillip Cocu’s absence, deploying Wayne Rooney through the middle with Martyn Waghorn and Tom Lawrence either side of him, in front of two centre midfielders and Krystian Bielik returning to the side in the middle of a back five.
A scrappy affair produced sporadic chances in the opening period, with a clever interchange followed by a well-saved Dominik Freiser strike the pick of the opening action just four minutes in.
The Tykes found themselves in the lead on the half-hour mark, with a huge helping hand from Derby’s number one.
Under little pressure, the Scot could only find Chaplin on the edge of the area, before being unable to keep out the 23-year-old’s effort from just inside the area.
The goal seemed to be a wake-up call for the Rams, who reverted back to a more recognisable system with top scorer Waghorn as central striker.
As they began to maintain possession more, they began getting in behind more frequently, causing problems for the Barnsley back line, ending the first half strongly.
The second half commenced in a similar vein to the first; a lot of hard work in the middle of the park with very little quality creating clear-cut chances.
After 63 minutes, Waghorn, who has seen all of his goals this season come from set pieces, curled a free kick just wide as the hosts began to turn up the pressure, following the introductions of Dominic Sibley and Kamil Jozwiak.
Lee Buchanan and Lawrence both saw shots end up just wide, but the Rams’ pressure led to them being prone to counter attacks, with Callum Styles and Chaplin wasting good opportunities.
Despite their continued pressure, it was Barnsley who found the net with seven minutes to play, as substitute Adeboyejo curled an effort brilliantly into the bottom corner for his first goal of the season.
The second strike knocked the stuffing out of Derby, with the full-time whistle bringing an end to the seventh consecutive winless game for them.
Barnsley however continued their good form, as they rise to 14th in the Championship.
By Jack Drury
Match highlights to follow.
Derby: Marshall, Shinnie, Bielik (Sibley 58), Waghorn, Lawrence (Kazim-Richards 79), Byrne, Clarke (Jozwiak 45), Buchanan, Rooney, Davies, Knight.
Not used: Roos, Wisdom, Bird, Holmes
Barnsley: Walton, Styles, Andersen, Brittain, Woodrow (Halme 90), Chaplin, Solibauer, Mowatt, Frieser (Adeboyejo 77), Helik, James (Kane 59)
Not used: Collins, Thomas, Oduor, Simoes Inacio.