Derby spurned a number of possibilities to take the lead and Rooney even berated Jack Marriott after he fluffed a one-on-one by trying a chipped effort which went nicely large of Barnsley’s purpose.
But Rooney, who began the match in central midfield, turned supplier on the stroke of half time as his whipped free-kick into Barnsley’s field was met by Marriott, who prodded an effort into the online.
It is Jack Marriott’s night time now! ✨
He will get on the top of Rooney’s pin-point supply to open the scoring! 🎯 pic.twitter.com/ueiF3OmoCo
Barnsley began brightly within the second half and equalised 5 minutes after the restart by way of Elliot Simoes.
But Rooney as soon as once more had a serving to hand in placing Derby again in entrance as he performed a key half within the build-up earlier than Martyn Waghorn turned in Andre Wisdom’s pushed cross from the suitable flank.
Derby stay 17th within the Championship following their victory whereas Barnsley stay within the relegation zone, three factors off security.