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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

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Rooney shines in Derby debut victory (1:28)

Wayne Rooney had a hand in both of Derby's goals as they held on for a 2-1 win vs. Barnsley. Watch EFL on ESPN+. (1:28)

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 Leeds United 37 +26 71
2 West Bromwich Albion 37 +27 70
3 Fulham 37 +14 64
4 Brentford 37 +31 60
5 Nottingham Forest 37 +10 60
6 Preston North End 37 +5 56
7 Bristol City 37 -2 55
8 Millwall 37 +4 54
9 Cardiff City 37 +2 54
10 Blackburn Rovers 37 +7 53
11 Swansea City 37 +1 53
12 Derby County 37 0 51
13 Queens Park Rangers 37 -4 50
14 Reading 37 +4 48
15 Sheffield Wednesday 37 -3 48
16 Birmingham City 37 -9 47
17 Stoke City 37 -6 42
18 Huddersfield Town 37 -13 42
19 Middlesbrough 37 -10 41
20 Wigan Athletic 37 -12 41
21 Hull City 37 -14 41
22 Charlton Athletic 37 -10 39
23 Luton Town 37 -28 35
24 Barnsley 37 -20 34