Barnsley's seven-match winning run came to an end with a 0-0 draw at home to Derby County on Wednesday evening.
After a poor first half, both sides missed big opportunities after the break with the visitors finishing the stronger.
The Reds are unbeaten in ten and remain sixth in the Championship, two points clear of seventh-placed Bournemouth who they visit on Saturday.
Valerien Ismael made two changes to the side that beat Birmingham on Saturday, with Conor Chaplin replacing Dominik Frieser and Toby Sibbick coming in for Michael Sollbauer. Aapo Halme was not on the bench due to a minor groin injury, with Jasper Moon replacing him.
The first half was a poor spectacle, with both sides relying mainly on long balls and the game often descending into a scrappy series of clearances and aerial battles.
Very little happened for the first 15 minutes, then a long ball over the top exposed the home back line but Lee Gregory could not control it which would have put him clean through on goal.
At the other end, Callum Brittain's powerful cross-come-shot whistled just over the bar from the right of the Derby area then Cauley Woodrow volleyed well wide from 25 yards.
Daryl Dike then had a good opportunity from a right-wing Brittain cross but headed well wide from ten yards out. Two minutes later the same player met a cross from the left by Callum Styles but his 15-yard header was easily caught by the goalkeeper Kelle Roos which was the only shot on target of a forgettable first half.
There was a huge chance for the hosts 50 seconds into the second half when a left-wing cross by Alex Mowatt was met six yards out by Chaplin who looked certain to score but was denied from close range by Roos.
Graeme Shinnie then had the visitors' first shot on target but sent his 20-yard effort straight at Brad Collins who gathered easily.
Ismael made a triple change just before the hour with Carlton Morris, Victor Adeboyejo and Jordan Williams replacing Chaplin, Woodrow and Styles.
The visitors then missed a major chance in the 72nd minute when Colin Kazim-Richards got behind the home defence from a long ball and squared to Gregory who was one-on-one with Collins but the goalkeeper made a fine block.
Shinnie then hit the base of the bottom right post from just outside the box before the ball ran across the goalline and out.
Barnsley (3-4-3): Collins; Sibbick, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Mowatt, Palmer (Kane 82mins), Styles (J Williams 57); Chaplin (Morris 57), Dike, Woodrow (Adeboyejo 57).Unused: Walton, Oduor, Sollbauer, Frieser, Moon.Yellow cards: Woodrow, Dike.
Derby (3-4-3): Roos; Clarke, Mengi, Edmundson; Wisdom, Knight, Shinnie, Forsyth; Kazim-Richards, Gregory (Waghorn 85mins), Jozwiak (Sibley 85).
Unused: Idem, Bird, Roberts, Buchanan, Wilson, McDonald, Watson.
AS IT HAPPENED
  • 7:02pm
    1 We're underway.
  • 7:04pm
    2 An early chance as Callum Styles is found in space on the left wing by Alex Mowatt and swings a low ball into the box, but it ricochets to Cauley Woodrow who can't control the ball.
  • 7:05pm
    4 Cauley Woodrow catches Colin Kazim-Richards to the right of the Reds' box after a throw-in, and the referee blows for a free kick.
  • 7:07pm
    5 Graeme Shinnie plays it into the box with his left foot, and Michal Helik's able to clear on the far post. A corner for the visitors is punched away by Brad Collins, who then collects from Jason Knight's weak header back at goal.
  • 7:10pm
    8 Nothing much has happened in the opening exchanges, but the visitors look more likely to threaten Brad Collins' goal early on.
  • 7:14pm
    12 Alex Mowatt whips a testing low out-swinging cross in from the left, which is narrowly in front of Cauley Woodrow on the near post. It came from a throw on the same side, and seconds later Woodrow has a long-range effort blocked after a throw on the right.
  • 7:16pm
    15 A neat flick to keep the ball in on the right by Conor Chaplin lets Daryl Dike set off on a charge down the wing, but the forward is well marshalled by Teden Mengi.
  • 7:18pm
    16 Callum Brittain whistles an effort over the bar from the right of the box. He was found by Alex Mowatt with the pass.
  • 7:21pm
    19 Another ball into the box is narrowly ahead of its target, this time Conor Chaplin breaks past the Rams' backline but the lofted pass is just too far for him and Kelle Roos collects.
  • 7:24pm
    22 A short break as Matthew Clarke goes down injured. He's back on the pitch now. The last action before the break was from the Reds, Cauley Woodrow firing wide on the left of goal with his left foot.
  • 7:25pm
    23 Three Reds players keep the ball moving with some great footwork. Callum Styles challenges Andre Wisdom on the left and, going to ground, flicks the ball to Cauley Woodrow whose neat double-touch releases Romal Palmer. The midfielder then beats two men with a great turn and advances into the box, but his ball across goal is blocked.
  • 7:27pm
    25 A testing long ball from the halfway line by Alex Mowatt is hoofed into the away stand by Tedem Mengi. Reds corner.
  • 7:29pm
    26 Callum Brittain's inswinging corner from the left is collected by Kelle Roos, who lands just under his cross bar. The wind probably played a part there.
  • 7:30pm
    28 Craig Forsyth's powerful cross from the left is blocked for a corner by Toby Sibbick.
  • 7:32pm
    30 Conor Chaplin chases Daryl Dike's flick on from a goal kick, but it's headed back to Kelle Roos by Matthew Clarke smartly.
  • 7:35pm
    34 Daryl Dike heads wide from a good opportunity, as he's found in the centre of the box by Callum Brittain on the right. Probably the best chance of a poor half for both sides.
  • 7:37pm
    36 Another header from Daryl Dike, this time a fairly powerful effort that's straight at Kelle Roos following Callum Styles' ball.
  • 7:39pm
    38 Daryl Dike is caught to the left of the box, about 25 yards from goal. Alex Mowatt stands over the ball.
  • 7:44pm
    43 A few minutes away from the end of a pretty dire first half fitting of the dreary conditions.
  • 7:47pm
    45 Mads Andersen gives away a free kick with a foul on Lee Gregory about 30 yards out.
  • 7:47pm
    ADDED TIME
    3 minutes added time
  • 7:48pm
    45+1 A quick dummy from the free kick sees Colin Kazim-Richards teed up, but his strike is blocked by Alex Mowatt. It spins out for a goal kick and Derby believe it should be a corner.
  • 7:49pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Derby County 0.
  • 8:06pm
    46 The second half is underway.
  • 8:07pm
    46 Agonisingly close for the Reds as Conor Chaplin's close range effort slides under Kelle Roos but rolls out for a corner! Good save from the Rams 'keeper with his feet.
  • 8:09pm
    48 Alex Mowatt, whose ball in Conor Chaplin almost converted, plays the ball back into the box shortly after a corner and Daryl Dike nods it towards goal, but none of his team-mates can get to it.
  • 8:14pm
    52 An offside for Derby through Kamil Jozwiak sees Brad Collins lump it upfield from the dead ball, and it's straight to Kelle Roos who collects under a challenge from Daryl Dike.
  • 8:15pm
    55 A powerful effort from Graeme Shinnie is well held by Brad Collins after a loose ball falls kindly for the Derby midfield man on the edge of the box.
  • 8:17pm
    56 Kamil Jozwiak goes down in the box under Toby Sibbick's challenge, but the referee keeps his whistle in his pocket. Big shout from the Derby bench.
  • 8:17pm
    SUB OFF
    57 Conor Chaplin and Cauley Woodrow.
  • 8:17pm
    SUB ON
    57 Carlton Morris, Victor Adeboyejo.
  • 8:18pm
    SUB OFF
    57 Callum Styles.
  • 8:18pm
    SUB ON
    57 Jordan Williams.
  • 8:20pm
    59 A cross from the left is well dealt with by the Reds defence and the visitors immediately continue the pressure through Andre Wisdom's long throw, winning a corner. It's headed wide by Matthew Clarke.
  • 8:25pm
    64 Brad Collins rushes out of his box and has to stoop for a diving header to clear the ball through to Lee Gregory, who'd beaten the Reds backline. Derby are throwing more forward and ramping up the pressure, but the hosts are dealing fairly well at present.
  • 8:28pm
    67 Some good play by Carlton Morris, who collects Alex Mowatt's cross and holds off his man long enough to roll it towards goal for Jordan Williams. It finds its way through for Daryl Dike whose effort is blocked.
  • 8:30pm
    69 Alex Mowatt swings a free kick in from the right, but it's easily caught by Kelle Roos.
  • 8:33pm
    74 Brad Collins slides to deny Lee Gregory from close range, after the striker was found by Colin Kazim-Richards on the right. A good break from the away side.
  • 8:39pm
    78 Some sustained pressure from Barnsley ends as Alex Mowatt's cross from the left is comfortably collected by the goalkeeper. Carlton Morris did well on the opposite side to dribble through and find Victor Adeboyejo, who tried to lay it off for Callum Brittain but forced the wing-back to play a cross-field ball.
  • 8:41pm
    80 Graeme Shinnie twists and turns on the left and tries his luck at goal with a superb effort with his right foot. It curls towards the far post but rebounds inwards off the upright and somehow stays out.
  • 8:42pm
    SUB OFF
    82 Romal Palmer.
  • 8:42pm
    SUB ON
    82 Herbie Kane.
  • 8:45pm
    SUB OFF
    85 Lee Gregory and Kamil Jozwiak.
  • 8:46pm
    SUB ON
    85 Martyn Waghorn and Louie Sibley.
  • 8:47pm
    86 Craig Forsyth is well found in acres of space on the left, but the wing-back's cross is caught by Brad Collins.
  • 8:47pm
    YELLOW CARD
    87 Daryl Dike booked for a dive in the box.
  • 8:51pm
    90 Martyn Waghorn breaks clear on the left onto a loose ball and hits it goalward, forcing a diving parry from Brad Collins - but the linesman's flag was up for offside.
  • 8:51pm
    ADDED TIME
    3 minutes added time
  • 8:53pm
    90+3 Teden Mengi fires a loose ball back upfield from the halfway line and it looks for half a second like it might creep over Brad Collins and in.
  • 8:54pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0, Derby County 0. Valerien Ismael's third draw in charge of the Reds, and second nil-nil after Nottingham Forest.