The energy of Tuesday night was not in evidence in the early stages of the game and the lacklustre Tykes went behind after 14 minutes, as Dean Leacock with his first goal in nine years as a professional, put the visitors ahead. The Reds rallied, but never really looked like breaking the deadlock before half-time.
Tykes fans must have hoped that lightning would strike twice in a week and a storming second half display would see Barnsley take all three points. That seemed a distinct possibility, as Tuesday’s hero Adam Hammill gave the Oakwell faithful hope when with only three minutes gone in the second half he curled in the equaliser.
With their tails up, Barnsley took the game to Derby, but in reality the home side didn’t look like getting the winner. Jim O’Brien and Adam Hammill had a couple of chances, but the Tykes never had the edge, energy or guile that was a feature of the Leeds game earlier in the week and so had to settle for a point.
So Barnsley have surrendered their 100 per cent home record, but do remain unbeaten at Oakwell. The Rams have demonstrated a liking for their visits this season to Yorkshire and have now taken four points out of six. Nigel Clough was the happier of the two managers at the end of the game and Mark Robins acknowledged that his team had looked tired.
The Reds must now turn their attention to the fixture at The Madjeski Stadium on Saturday. Of their three games so far at home, The Royals have won one, drawn one and lost one. The loss was on the opening day of the season to Scunthorpe United and followed this up with a draw against Nottingham Forest and 3-0 drubbing of Crystal Palace.
The Championship is looking fairly open as teams take points off each other. For Barnsley to be involved in the play-off mix, Mark Robins must be targeting a point as a minimum on Saturday.
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