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Opposition Reaction: Gary Rowett

11 December 2017

Derby County manager Gary Rowett has praised his side’s attacking intent after running out 3-0 winners at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon.

Tom Lawrence and Matej Vydra fired the visitors into a two-goal lead before the break, and Andi Weimann wrapped up proceedings in the second half despite plenty of Barnsley pressure. 

“I’m really pleased with the way we went about it,” said the Rams boss.

“There was some really good attacking play. I thought we had to work hard to get into the lead, and as soon as we made a few passes, things opened up a bit.”

Rowett acknowledged the energy of the Reds side, claiming that Oakwell is a tough ground to take three points from.

“It’s a difficult place to come, they’re an energetic side.

“In the second half, they came out really well. [Brad] Potts hit the bar early in the half, and there was another chance [from Ike Ugbo] where Scott Carson has made an excellent save.”

The Derby manager expressed his delight at the depth in his squad, with several experienced Championship players filling their bench in the match.

“We’ve got great squad depth and you can see that with the players we have coming onto the pitch. That’s the riches we have, but also the problems we have to navigate.

“We’ve been criticised sometimes for not playing with the fluidity we are looking for, but there were some real moments of quality here.” 

Rowett’s Rams move up to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship following the result, and next face a home fixture against Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa.


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