Derby v Barnsley
Tuesday 6th November 2012 7.45pm
Derby condemned Barnsley to three defeats on the spin with a comfortable 2 - 0 victory at Pride Park.
James O`Connor gave the Rams the lead in the 69th minute before substitute Nathan Dyson sealed victory with a 20 yard drive in the 90th minute.
Derby move up to 9th in the table while Barnsley are now just one place above the drop zone.
Barnsley yet again had no cutting edge up front with Craig Davies out injured and it is imperative that the reds get a striker in in time for Saturday`s clash against Huddersfield.
Barnsley created very little with their best chances falling to Tomasz Cywka who forced the Derby keeper to turn over and Chris Dagnall who also had a drive saved.
Derby created the better chances but struggled when it mattered, although they did force goalkeeper Luke Steele into a few fine saves.
Barnsley boss Keith Hill again pointed to individual errors and decisions such as giving silly free kicks away and also revealed the search for a striker has so far been frustrating with a shortlist of over 20 players.
Hill made changes for this one as he had to following the defeat to Hull. I`m not one of these fans calling for the manager`s head but I would have to question some of his selections for the last two games.
In the defence mainly as the options up front are slim and most of the midfield options on the bench have only just come back from injury.
How can you drop Stephen Foster, our best defender by a country mile this season, and continue with Wiseman as a centre back?
I agree that Kennedy should have been brought in but it should have been in his natural position of left back instead of the out of sorts Goldbourne.
I also agree with taking Stones out of the firing line. After a very impressive start to his Barnsley career the last few games have been tough for the young lad. A few mistakes have been made which will happen to someone as young as him. He has great potential but isn`t the finished article by a long way so needs to be managed well with the games he plays and doesn`t.
Bringing McNulty back in should have happened a few games ago and I think the back four for last night and the one that should start against Huddersfield should be Wiseman, Foster, McNulty, Kennedy.
I know many fans would like to see Hassell in at right back and Wiseman out of the team. For me Hassell isn`t the player he was and has struggled lately. He has been a Barnsley legend though and I do hope I am wrong if he is given the chance.
I also think Wiseman comes in for too much stick from fans as he hasn`t done too badly at centre back considering his height and it not being his natural position. Although I know many fans believe Hill has something against players he hasn`t bought. I`ve never thought that before but Wiseman at centre back instead of Foster last night, maybe he has.
I have listened to several interviews with the manager over the last few days and I have never known a manager sound so down and dejected and this has got to rub off on the players.
I agree with most of what he says but most of criticism the team and manager receives doesn`t tend to come from the crowd at matches chanting for the manager`s head or the fans phone in on radio shows.
It tends to come on the internet forums and fans websites. For me Hill has the choice not to read these. It clearly gets to him so why bother.
I still believe he is the right man for the job. He just needs to lift himself and the team and forget the negativity and stop talking about the clubs finances after every game.
If he can get a striker in while Davies is injured and with all the wide men coming back to fitness then I`m sure he can turn the results around.