Barnsley’s record breaking second tier run has finally come to an end as they failed to win eight successive matches at any level for the first time in 66 years with this goal-less draw with Derby put them two points ahead of seventh place Bournemouth ahead of the two sides vital clash on the South Coast this weekend.
It was the first time the Reds had failed to score at Oakwell in six league home outings since a 2-0 defeat to Swansea on the 16th January.
Barnsley are though unbeaten in ten league matches (W7 D3) which is their best unbeaten second tier run since going 12 without defeat between December 2001 and February 2002 (W5 D7)
They are unbeaten in six Oakwell second tier matches for the first time since their final four Championship home matches of 2017-2018 and first two of 2019-2020.
It is their longest second tier home run in the same season since the final six home games of 2016-2017 (all draws)
This was their 11th Championship clean sheet of the season – equalling their total from 2019-2020.
This was the 12th Barnsley league game this season which has been goal-less at half time and 16th in all competitions.
Since Ismael took charge Barnsley have made 34 subsitutions between the 50th and 60th minute of games, including three last night.
This was only Barnsley’s seventh league draw of the season – only Reading (6), Rotherham and Preston (5) and Bristol City (3) have had less stalemates.
Cauley Woodrow was booked after just nine minutes, the earliest Barnsley booking since Liam Lindsay was also yellow carded after nine minutes against Notts County in the FA Cup in November 2018.
Barnsley have now won only one of their last seven league meetings with Derby (D2 L4) – the reverse fixture at Pride Park in November.
They have drawn each of the last two Oakwell clashes (2-2, 0-0) with this the first goal-less game between the two sides in 15 meetings (all comps) last doing so at Pride Park in March 2011.
40. Brad Collins
20. Toby Sibbick
30. Michal Helik
6. Mads Andersen
7. Callum Brittain
21. Romal Palmer
27. Alex Mowatt
4. Callum Styles
11. Conor Chaplin
9. Cauley Woodrow
10. Daryl Dike
2. Jordan Williams (for Styles 57)
14. Carlton Morris (for Chaplin 57)
29. Victor Adeboyejo (for Woodrow 57)
8. Herbie Kane (for Palmer 81)
1. Jack Walton, 22. Clarke Oduor, 26. Michael Sollbauer, 28. Dominik Frieser, 34. Jasper Moon.
21. Kelle Roos
6. George Edmundson
16. Matthew Clarke
15. Teden Mengi
2. Andre Wisdom
38. Jason Knight
4. Graeme Shinnie
3. Craig Forsyth
13. Colin Kazim-Richards
19. Lee Gregory
7. Kamil Jozwiak
17. Louie Sibley (for Jozwiak 85)
9. Martyn Waghorn (for Gregory 85)
8. Max Bird, 23. Patrick Roberts, 26. Lee Buchanan, 30. Emmanuel Idem, 36. Tyree Wilson, 37. Kornell MacDonald, 40. Louie Watson.
Derby manager Wayne Rooney said:
"Tonight I wasn't asking them to play football, because Barnsley don't let you do that with how they play.
"It's quite direct, so tonight was all about winning individual battles. Then hopefully you can pinch a goal and get away with three points.
"There was a gameplan to get the ball in behind them and cause them problems.
"I'm really pleased with the players because Barnsley have won their last seven games so it was always going to be difficult. To pick up a point away from home was a good result."
Sky Bet Championship results
TUESDAY 9TH MARCH 2021
Blackburn Rovers (14th) 1-1 Swansea City (3rd)
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Queens Park Rangers (12th) 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers (24th)
WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH 2021
BARNSLEY (6th) 0-0 Derby County (18th)
Barnsley lie in 6th place in the Sky Bet Championship with 58 points from 35 games. We are 2 points inside the Play-Offs, 8 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 18 points off First Place and 26 points above the Relegation Zone.
Up to 11/3/21
On The Road:
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty Six: Bournemouth v Barnsley, Saturday 13th March 2021. Kick-Off: 3pm
Sky Bet Championship Matchday Thirty Eight: Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday, Saturday 20th March 2021. Kick-Off: 3pm