Barnsley vs Derby County – Match Report

Barnsley’s winning run comes to an end as they and Derby play out a 0-0 bore draw at Oakwell on an incredibly windy night in South Yorkshire. 

Again, as we come to expect now Ismael made some changes to his line-up handing a start to Chaplin this time in the attack and bringing Sibbick back into the defence.

It was a very quiet opening half in real blustery conditions. The ball was hanging in the air which you could see what causing the players some issue as it was really making it awkward to judge the flight of the ball.

Despite this Barnsley stuck to their game plan and went long and looked to press but a combination of the wind and poor passing meant they were unable to threaten the away side.

The home sides best chance in the first half fell to Dike who was picked out by Brittain’s cross from the right but the powerful American couldn’t direct his header on target and it went well wide.

Derby themselves failed to threaten in the opening half too, the best they mustered was a freekick taken by Shinnie but his deep cross was well defended at the back post by Helik.

Not a great deal to report about in what was a really poor opening half of football.

Half Time – Barnsley 0-0 Derby County

The home side came out really quickly at the start of the second half and should have taken the lead just moments after the restart.

Mowatt crossed from the left and he picked out Chaplin unmarked in the box. He stabbed his effort towards goal from point blank range but only managed to hit it straight at Roos in the Derby goal. The striker really should have found the net from there.

Barnsley kept the pressure on following the miss with a succession of corners and long throws into the box. The away defence stood firm though and the scores remained level.

Derby then managed to provide a few scares for the home side as they looked to damage the home sides playoff hopes.

Firstly, they tried to claim a penalty after Jozwiak went down in the area under the challenge of Sibbick after the pacey winger had got in behind. The ref took a long look at it before waving away the appeals.

The Rams then had their best chance of the game and it fell to Lee Gregory. A ball down the right found Kazim-Richards in behind after beating the high line of Barnsley.

He put in a low cross towards Gregory who controlled before trying to finish under the keeper. Brad Collins however had rushed out of his goal well and made a big save to keep the score at 0-0.

Derby again came close soon after and they couldn’t have come closer without scoring. Shinnie turned his marker well on the edge of the area before curling a right footed shot towards the far post.

His effort hit the base of the post before practically rolling across the goal line before been hacked away by the home defence. So unlucky for the away side who were having a good spell in the game.

Barnsley then appealed for a penalty late on when Dike went down in the box under the challenge of impressive teenage defender Teden Mengi.

Dike managed to get the better of the young centre back for the first time all evening before going down as he got into the area. The ref blew the whistle but only to award a free kick to the away side and book Dike for diving. After seeing the replays the striker did go down far too easily.

Full Time – Barnsley 0-0 Derby County 

MOTM – Teden Mengi – defended well against the in form Dike and was very impressive for someone so young. Hard to pick anyone really though in what was a poor game.

Neither side were able to create anything of note in the final stages and the game fizzled out into a bore draw. Overall it was probably a fair result. Barnsley should have scored just after the restart and had they taken the chance it would have been hard to bet against them seeing it out for another win.

After the Chaplin miss though Derby looked the most likely to score and they came close on a few occasions. Tactically a good performance by the away side who ended their recent run of defeats.

Barnsley remain in sixth following the draw today but they will drop out of the top six should they lose the big game away at Bournemouth this coming weekend.

The result keeps Derby in 18th seven points above the relegation zone but they have played three games more than Rotherham in 22nd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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