BARNSLEY defended well and came close to a late winner but the game ended in a goalless draw away at Derby County, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
The final whistle brought an end to Derby’s run of five successive home league defeats at Pride Park.
Rams forward Theo Robinson was denied on several occasions as the Barnsley defence, marshalled by the excellent captain Jason Shackell, held firm.
Shackell, who lost two front teeth in the 2-0 home defeat by Norwich, cleared the ball as Robinson threatened.
The Tykes then looked most likely to find a winner as they pushed forward in the second-half and Danny Haynes went close with a low drive.
Barnsley’s Garry O’Connor also had a shot blocked by Derby defender Gareth Roberts and Nathan Doyle went close for the visitors from long range in injury-time.
But Derby, who were reduced to long-range efforts for most of the first-half. held on to secure a first point at home since their goalless draw with Millwall on January 3.
Barnsley manager Mark Robins insists his side need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to start winning games.
He said: “We got a point away from home. When you don’t look like winning a game, it’s important you don’t lose it.
“Derby came to spoil it - they are fighting for their lives and they made it difficult for us and it was a difficult surface too.
“Goalscoring is something you have to work hard at. They don’t just come - you’ve got to work on them. We aren’t working hard enough in front of midfield.
“But it was a poor game overall and I have to admit it didn’t make for a great spectacle.”
Derby first-team coach Johnny Metgod was keen to focus on the positive aspects of the game. He said: “A point and a clean sheet were absolutely vital.”
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Results: Saturday, March 5, 2011:
Portsmouth 1 Sheff Utd 0
Derby 0 Barnsley 0
Leeds 5 Doncaster 2
Sheff Wed 2 Plymouth 4
Cheltenham 0 Chesterfield 3
Rotherham United 0 Barnet 0