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2019-20 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Jack Marriott (45')
  • Martyn Waghorn (57')
  • Elliot Simoes (50')

Wayne Rooney records assist in Derby County debut win over Barnsley

Wayne Rooney recorded an assist on his Derby County debut as the Rams defeated Barnsley 2-1 in the Championship on Thursday.

Rooney, who was named captain on the day and also serves as a coach with the club, curled an inch-perfect free kick onto the path of Jack Marriott to stab home with his right foot just before half-time.

The former Manchester United and D.C. United star was making his first appearance with the club since returning to English football from MLS last summer.

The 34-year-old Rooney played the full match, despite it being his first competitive game since October.

Elliot Simoes equalised for the visitors on 50 minutes but Martyn Waghorn ensured the points would stay with Derby seven minutes later with Rooney key in the build up.

"Wayne Rooney was important today. He showed it with his delivery [for the first goal] and his cross-field pass before the second goal," Derby manager Phillip Cocu told Sky Sports after the match.

Rooney said he was excited to get back on the pitch and was pleased to see Marriott convert his cross.

"It was frustrating [just] training with all the lads for so long. You can't beat that buzz of playing out there," he said to Sky Sports.

"Jack Marriott, if he hadn't scored his goal, he would have come in for a lot of stick from the players... The chances he had, you have to score them. Yes, it was a nice ball and a good finish from Jack."

Derby has now won back-to-back matches for the first time this season, having beaten Charlton 2-1 on Monday, but remain 17th in the table.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 46 +39 97
2 Watford 46 +33 91
3 Brentford 46 +37 87
4 Swansea City 46 +17 80
5 Barnsley 46 +8 78
6 AFC Bournemouth 46 +27 77
7 Reading 46 +8 70
8 Cardiff City 46 +17 68
9 Queens Park Rangers 46 +2 68
10 Middlesbrough 46 +2 64
11 Millwall 46 -5 62
12 Luton Town 46 -11 62
13 Preston North End 46 -7 61
14 Stoke City 46 -2 60
15 Blackburn Rovers 46 +11 57
16 Coventry City 46 -12 55
17 Nottingham Forest 46 -8 52
18 Birmingham City 46 -24 52
19 Bristol City 46 -22 51
20 Huddersfield Town 46 -21 49
21 Derby County 46 -22 44
22 Wycombe Wanderers 46 -30 43
23 Rotherham United 46 -16 42
24 Sheffield Wednesday 46 -21 41