Derby County 1 (S. Davies pen 61)
The Reds 1 (Butterfield 35)
Keith Hill's injury-hit Reds battled their way to a hard-fought point at Pride Park with their fourth successive 1-1 draw. The Reds are building up great confidence with this unbeaten run heading into Saturday's home match with Coventry, a fixture many Tykes fans are eagerly anticipating.
It took a second-half spot-kick to deny the Reds a win on the road, but in fairness they did have to survive a direct Derby onslaught in the second period after Hill's free-flowing footballing style was evident in the first half. More injuries blighted the Reds, and three out of three Barnsley substitutions were enforced.
A first league start for Vaz Te saw the Portuguese wide-man tuck in down the left in place of the injured Done. Unsurprisingly, the opening five minutes saw the Reds keep the ball, as they have been doing ever so well in the previously three matches.
The stroke of six minutes brought the first attempt of the match through Drinkwater, who fired wide from 25 yards. Steele was the first 'keeper to be tested, though - palming away a Hendrick strike and out for a corner.
The next 20 minutes saw relatively little action, as neither stopper was tested between the sticks. It didn't deter both sets of fans, who were in great voice.
The Reds players were absolutely furious with referee Nigel Miller as Steven Davies went tumbling under a Foster challenge on the half-hour mark. The consequent free-kick taken by Ben Davies, which was ideally situated just outside the box to the left, was well saved by Steele away to his left.
As youngster Jordan Clark was introduced due to an injury last week, it was Paul Digby's turn to be thrown on early in this match - again, unfortunately, due to an injury. Perkins was the man who picked up a knock - the former Colchester man already an early contender for player of the season.
In the 35th minute, although the Reds were again looking more than comfortable in possession, a goal for Barnsley came out of nothing. When Vaz Te's looping cross found Gray - the big striker beat Shackell in the air to knock down for Butterfield who cushioned home from close range.
Two minutes later and Steele brought all four sides of the ground to their feet with a wonderful save to deny Robinson. The former Huddersfield man improvised with a tremendous back-header but was somehow denied by Steele away to his left.
The opening 90 seconds of the second period saw Shackell nod over from a neat in-swinging corner and then Steven Davies drilled low to Steele's left, but the former Peterborough stopper was more than equal to it.
Robinson was causing frustration amongst the Derby faithful with several sloppy touches, but almost brought them to their feet with a great curling effort on 51 minutes. The striker cut in on his right and curled towards Steele's top-left corner but it drifted over.
The home side had found some confidence and the crowd were well on their side. Steven Davies once again showed clever footwork before unleashing a powerful low drive at goal, Steele got his legs to it to deny the Derby man.
Ben Davies won the Rams a penalty on 61 minutes - going down under a knock from Hassell. Steven Davies took the spot-kick and tucked home to Steele's right for the leveller.
Barnsley's Portuguese winger Vaz Te probably could have done better as he burst into the Derby area on 66 minutes - but the former Bolton man's low strike took a nick on its way through and out for a corner.
In the 70th minute and Steele might not have known much about it when he kept out a close-range header from another Derby corner. Barnsley were having to withstand a Derby barrage and the backing of a vociferous Pride Park crowd.
Digby's début role was to hold together the Reds' midfield, but the 16 year-old had half a chance from 25 yards on 73, but Fielding gathered his effort down the centre.
Another enforced substitution came Barnsley's way, Vaz Te this time the man injured and 17 year-old Danny Rose was to have at least 15 minutes of action.
The crossbar of Barnsley was hammered on 82 as Shackell met another Rams corner, the Reds were thanking their lucky stars.
With only six minutes to go, the Reds came ever so close through O'Brien. Butterfield had to be patient on the edge of the box before feeding in Rose, the young forward then slipped in O'Brien, whose clever turn and shot took a deflection off a Derby man on its way through for a corner. Hill's side wanted a penalty but had to settle for a corner.
The corners were being racked up for the home side, and with three minutes to go the Reds breathed a huge sigh of relief when Robinson wasted a free header in the area.
Four minutes of stoppage time were indicated and 'Come on You Reds' was the cry from Barnsley's travelling 818 die-hards.
Steven Davies was by far the busiest Derby man, and blazed a glorious opportunity over on 93 minutes - a free header from eight yards that thankfully went over.
Rose delivered a wonderful cross in the dying seconds of the action which was almost turned into his own net by O'Brien, but the Reds settled for a hard-earned point at Pride Park.
Derby County: Fielding, Brayford, Roberts (Anderson 6), Bryson, Shackell, S. Davies, Ward, B. Davies, Robinson (Cywka 90), Hendrick, O'Brien.
Subs: Legzdins, Croft, Maguire.
The Reds: Steele, Hassell, McEveley (Wiseman 39), Foster, O'Brien, Perkins (Digby 33), McNulty, Vaz Te (Rose 77), Butterfield, Drinkwater, Gray.
Subs: Preece, Clark.
Referee: Nigel Miller
Assistant Referees: M. Duncan & D. Storrie
Fourth Official: D Benton.
Attendance: 21,454 (818 away)