Derby scored twice in the first half to leave Barnsley four points adrift of safety in the Championship.

Jeff Hendrick netted the opener for the home side, letting fly from long-range after Craig Bryson's pass.

They grabbed their second just before the interval through Johnny Russell, whose looping shot evaded Luke Steele.

Barnsley pulled a goal back with 10 minutes remaining when Nick Proschwitz scored from inside the box, before Steele saved Russell's spot-kick.

Leaky Barnsley defence

Barnsley have kept only six clean sheets in the league this season - the fewest in the Championship.

The hosts started the match on the front foot and Hendrick curled a shot just over the bar in the opening 10 minutes, but former Rams player Tomasz Cywka forced Lee Grant into a save in the 17th minute in a rare Barnsley attack.

Hendrick, though, gave Steve McClaren's men the lead on 34 minutes, as goalkeeper Steele thought a 25-yard shot from Hendrick was going wide only for the ball to creep inside his right post.

Steele was blameless for the second goal in the 42nd minute when Russell's 22-yard strike took a deflection off team-mate Craig Bryson and looped inside the net.

The visitors started the second half encouragingly. Tom Kennedy's 20-yard free-kick was touched over the crossbar by goalkeeper Grant.

Bryson curled a 20-yard free-kick narrowly over for Derby, before Craig Forsyth's header was cleared off the line.

But Barnsley were back in it with 10 minutes to go when Lewin Nyatanga played the ball in for Proschwitz to slide home.

Steele kept his side in it two minutes later when he saved a Russell penalty after Conor Sammon had been tripped by Jean Yves Mvoto but they remain in trouble with just two games remaining.

Derby head coach Steve McClaren: "The last 10 minutes were very unnecessary and shows we still have a bit to do with this team.

"When we control a game like that, play the football we do and create the chances we do, we need to be more ruthless and it nearly cost us in the end. So what could have been a harsh lesson was in the end just a lesson that we need to carry forward and take into the play-offs.

"To create that many chances and only score two was unbelievable. I couldn't fault the performance and the attitude, the only thing I could fault was we didn't get the third goal.

"When you are on top and you've got them down, you have to make sure you finish them. But we didn't, we let them back up and gave them a chance, and against different opponents that might have cost us."

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson: "It doesn't really change anything, we've always needed to win games and the next two games we've got to win.

"It's as simple as that. Everyone will be writing us off, we are down in everybody's eyes and that's understandable. But we have six valuable points to play for and who knows what twist of fate is waiting on the last day of the season?

"We have to genuinely believe we can be the recipient of a good result on that particular weekend and stay up, but it will need two wins. You know from experience that on the last day of the season peculiar things happen.

"We've had some very good displays in recent weeks and that gives me belief, it really does. And we have some very good characters in the dressing room who will give it everything."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 34 Thorne (Eustace - 63' )
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 04 Bryson
  • 09 Martin (Sammon - 79' )
  • 11 Russell
  • 10 Ward (Dawkins - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Eustace
  • 18 Sammon
  • 19 Hughes
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 32 Dawkins
  • 35 Bamford

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 06 Cranie
  • 08 Dawson Booked
  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 42 McCourt (Mellis - 45' )
  • 14 Lawrence Booked (Proschwitz - 72' )
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 19 Cywka (Noble-Lazarus - 68' )
  • 16 Jennings

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 09 Proschwitz
  • 11 Woods
  • 15 Frimpong
  • 21 Mellis
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
  • 31 Turner
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 26,046

Match Stats

Shots

23 13

On target

8 3

Corners

7 7

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 2, Barnsley 1.

90:00 +4:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Barnsley 1.

90:00 +1:08

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Sammon.

87:59

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

87:15

Hand ball by John Eustace (Derby County).

86:29

Attempt saved. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Sammon with a headed pass.

85:27

Attempt saved. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewin Nyatanga.

84:19

Offside, Barnsley. Lewin Nyatanga tries a through ball, but Nick Proschwitz is caught offside.

84:07

Attempt saved. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Sammon.

83:35

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

82:34

Offside, Barnsley. Dale Jennings tries a through ball, but Nick Proschwitz is caught offside.

81:30

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

81:12

Penalty saved! Johnny Russell (Derby County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

80:25

Penalty Derby County. Conor Sammon draws a foul in the penalty area.

80:25

Penalty conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) after a foul in the penalty area.

79:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Barnsley 1. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewin Nyatanga with a headed pass.

78:34

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lee Grant.

78:32

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Dawson.

78:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

77:21

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

77:19

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

77:13

Attempt blocked. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

76:05

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

75:18

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:18

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

74:30

Offside, Barnsley. Dale Jennings tries a through ball, but Nick Proschwitz is caught offside.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Nick Proschwitz replaces Liam Lawrence.

71:16

Attempt missed. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Buxton.

70:17

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

68:55

Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Simon Dawkins is caught offside.

67:55

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

67:52

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

67:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Tomasz Cywka.

65:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Jamie Ward.

64:12

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

64:12

Luke Steele (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:16

Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Tomasz Cywka is caught offside.

62:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. John Eustace replaces George Thorne because of an injury.

62:17

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

62:17

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:46 Booking

Booking Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:15

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:15

Foul by Liam Lawrence (Barnsley).

58:32

Attempt blocked. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

58:17

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Lawrence.

57:45 Booking

Booking Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:22

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:22

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

53:15

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross.

52:19

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

52:19

Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:34

Attempt blocked. Andre Wisdom (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

47:32

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dale Jennings with a cross following a corner.

47:09

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

46:46

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lee Grant.

46:41

Attempt saved. Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:59

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

45:59

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:34

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:34

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley).

45:07

Offside, Barnsley. Lewin Nyatanga tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 2, Barnsley 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jacob Mellis replaces Patrick McCourt.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 2, Barnsley 0.

45:00 +0:04

Offside, Barnsley. Patrick McCourt tries a through ball, but Stephen Dawson is caught offside.

43:03

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

43:01

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

41:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Barnsley 0. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

34:21

Offside, Barnsley. Lewin Nyatanga tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

33:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Barnsley 0. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

31:43

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:43

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley).

29:29

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dale Jennings with a cross following a corner.

29:05

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

29:05

Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Lawrence with a cross.

28:10

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

28:10

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:07

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.

24:16

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

24:16

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:21

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

20:10

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

19:04

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:04

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

17:34

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Lawrence.

17:27

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:42

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Lee Grant.

16:41

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a headed pass.

16:02

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross.

15:41

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a corner.

15:15

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

14:06

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jamie Ward.

9:30

Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Chris Martin.

7:51

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

7:16

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:16

Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

6:15

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Luke Steele.

6:13

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Thorne.

5:08

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

3:30

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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