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PREVIEW: Derby County Vs Barnsley

The inside track on the Reds' trip to Derby

1 January 2020

The Reds kick off the New Year with an away trip to Derby County as they look to maintain their good form - here's the preview.

After saying goodbye to 2019 by going unbeaten in five outings, Barnsley return to league action on Thursday night when they travel to Derby for a 7.45pm kick-off. 

Last weekend's goalless draw at Swansea City moved the Reds up to 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship table, just goal difference separating them and safety after a sterling recent run under Gerhard Struber's stewardship.

Results on New Year's Day however have seen Barnsley drop back to 23rd and back to three points from safety.

The Austrian Head Coach has had the required impact since taking the reins in November. Three wins, three draws and three defeats has brought Barnsley 12 points and reignited their chances of escaping the relegation zone, having previously been - at one stage - eight points adrift. 

They head into the January clash with The Rams on the back off improved form away from home. Four points from the last two road trips have breathed new life into the travelling Reds. And even the defeats at Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Cardiff were tight affairs that Barnsley could have got more from. 

Struber has near enough a full strength squad to select from at Pride Park. The bug that had enveloped Oakwell recently seems to have finally cleared but with so many games in such a short space of time, the boss might well freshen things up with his team selection, with the likes of Kenny Dougall, Toby Sibbick, Mike Bähre and Patrick Schmidt waiting in the wings. 

Ahead of the Thursday night encounter in the midlands, both Struber and his skipper, Alex Mowatt spoke with the press to preview the clash and iFollow Barnsley subscribers can watch both of their pre-match press conference videos by clicking the linked videos below.

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In terms of our hosts, The Rams' victory over Charlton Athletic on Monday night was their first in seven games, but they were run close after seeing Krystian Bielik sent off early on, which sees him suspended for Thursday night along with midfielder Tom Lawrence. 

There will however be a likely debut for the legendary Wayne Rooney who officially signed for Derby on New Year's Day.

The former Manchester United and England forward, now 34, is also part of the coaching setup at Pride Park and no doubt the majority of people tuning into Sky Sports for this clash will be intrigued by Rooney's return to English football following a spell in the MLS with DC United. 

His manager at Derby is another world-renowned figure in football - former Dutch international midfielder and Barcelona star Phillip Cocu. The 49-year-old played 101 times for the Netherlands and had a successful coaching spell with PSV in his homeland. 

Other notable names in the Rams' squad are Duane Holmes, a United States international who is fleet-footed and all-action in the Derby midfield whilst up front they have Championship know-how in Martyn Waghorn and the lively Jack Marriott. It's a more youthful looking Rams side these days and 18-year-old Jason Knight grabbed both of Derby's goals in their 2-1 win against Charlton at Pride Park on Monday night. 

The Rams are currently 17th in the division, nine points better off than the Reds going into this one. In the reverse fixture at Oakwell, Cauley Woodrow struck in stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw in an absorbing encounter.

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This will be the 70th meeting of the two clubs and it's a clash that Derby hold the upper hand, in terms of history. 

The Rams have 33 victories to Barnsley's 20 and you have to go back to 2009 for the Reds' last success at Pride Park. That was a 3-2 win thanks to goals from Adam Hammill, Andy Gray and Anderson Da Silva. 

Due to the match being televised by Sky Sports, there will be no live stream on iFollow Barnsley, however, there will be live commentary with our own Matt Bailey on the mic. 

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Match Reports

REPORT: Derby County 2-1 Barnsley

Reds begin New Year with tough loss at Pride Park

2 January 2020

2020 began with defeat for the Reds as they were beaten 2-1 by Derby County at Pride Park on Thursday evening.

Despite a first ever professional goal for Elliot Simoes, who struck to level the scoreline early in the second half, Derby were able to find a winning goal courtesy of Martyn Waghorn to take all three points in the first game of 2020.

Head Coach Gerhard Struber made two changes to the starting line-up which drew 0-0 with Swansea City on Sunday as Patrick Schmidt and Mike Bähre replaced Cauley Woodrow and Jacob Brown in attack.

The Reds came into the New Year looking to carry over their fine form from the festive period as they searched for their third win in five games.

As for Derby, they marked the start of their 2020 by handing a debut to Wayne Rooney, who also captained the side at Pride Park.

Barnsley hadn’t previously beaten the Rams in over four league meetings, but they were looking to put an end to that record on Thursday.

However, it was Derby who had the first opportunity ten minutes in when Martyn Waghorn squared for Jack Marriott in the area. The attacker looked to place the ball into the corner of the net but couldn’t hit the target from close range with his side-footed effort.

Marriott was then presented with another chance when he went through one-on-one with Sami Radlinger, but the big Austrian was up to the challenge and spread his body well to make the block.

Barnsley then created an opening of their own and went close a few minutes later when Conor Chaplin found the onrushing Alex Mowatt. However, as the midfielder looked to get his shot away, Ben Hamer raced out of his goal and dived at his feet to take the ball away cleanly.

Marriott, who was heavily involved for Derby for much of the half, came closest to opening the scoring again, as he beat the offside trap and attempted to lob Radlinger five minutes before the break, but he got his chipped effort all wrong and the ball bounced wide of the post.

However, the striker made up for his earlier miss on the stroke of half-time when he nodded past Radlinger from Rooney cross on the left.

Half-time: Derby County 1-0 Barnsley

As the second half got underway, Matt Clarke hit the post with a free header, before the Reds charged up the other end and made them pay with a smart finish from Simoes.

Jordan Williams latched onto a forward pass down the right, before crossing dangerously into the area. Hamer got to the ball first but could only parry as far as Simoes who fired into the back of the net from close range to make it 1-1 after 50 minutes.

However, the Reds were only back on level-terms for just over five minutes, when Derby’s second goal of the evening was scored by Waghorn and assisted by Andre Wisdom.

Marriott then had another opportunity squandered as he looked to hit a brace. Radlinger rushed off his line to meet the advancing striker before he closed down the angle and made another fine block.

With 20 minutes to go, Waghorn came close to adding third for Derby. A cross from the right fell kindly to him at the back post, but he snatched at the shot and smashed the ball into the side-netting.

Chaplin almost restored parity again with 85 minutes on the clock. Good work by Luke Thomas in midfield presented an opening for Chaplin down the inside right of the box, but as he struck the ball across goal, Hamer beat it away before gathering at the second attempt.

The Reds grew into the game as the second half went on and nearly had another last-minute equaliser as Simoes volleyed towards goal, however his shot took a clear deflection off the arm of Curtis Davies and went behind. But the referee gave nothing.

There were three additional minutes signalled at the end of the ninety, but Derby were able to hold on to secure the win at Pride Park.

Full-time: Derby County 2-1 Barnsley

DERBY COUNTY XI: Hamer, Wisdom, Waghorn (Malone, 74), Marriott (Whittaker, 82), Clarke, Holmes, Lowe, Rooney (C), Davies, Knight, Bird.
Substitutes not used: Forsyth, Martin, Roos, Bogle, Sibley.

REDS XI: Radlinger, J. Williams, Diaby, Andersen, Bähre (Simoes, 26), Chaplin, Thomas, Schmidt (Brown, 52), Oduor, Halme, Mowatt (C).
Substitutes not used: Collins, Dougall, Styles, Sibbick, Mottley-Henry.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Derby County (A)

20 December 2019

Postage deadline 3pm on Friday 20th.

We have received an initial allocation of 1,492 tickets in the South East Corner Stand for our game at Derby County, Thursday 2nd January 2020 kick off 7.45pm.

The allocation comprises 1,185 upper tier tickets (to be sold first) and 307 lower tier tickets. A further similar allocation is available upon request. Tickets are now on general sale.

Adult £31

Senior Over 65 £21

Young Adult (18-21 years) £22

Juvenile (13-17 years) £17

Juvenile (2-12 years) £10

Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users will pay their relevant age-related category with a carer’s ticket being available free of charge. The wheelchair user’s tickets are situated on an elevated platform in the South East Corner.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 5.15pm priced at £17 per seat. We have a strict no alcohol policy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18+.

Notes from Derby County:

Please be aware that children aged 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult over 18. Children under the age of 2 will not be permitted into the stadium. Should the decision be made to allow sales on the day of the game, prices will increase. We have been advised that a minimum of 500 tickets must be remaining if POTD is to be offered.

Blue badge holders requiring disabled parking (£5 per car) should pre-book a space by contacting DCFC directly on 01332 667528 or email

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Friday 20th December. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 12 noon Thursday 2nd January 2020, subject to availability.

If you are purchasing away game and cup tickets for other people we strongly advise you to correctly assign the ticket to each individual for every game. This will enable us to offer the correct privileges to supporters on occasions when tickets are on restricted sales in a category system. 



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