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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 West Bromwich Albion 33 +23 63
2 Leeds United 33 +18 59
3 Fulham 34 +11 57
4 Brentford 33 +27 55
5 Nottingham Forest 33 +12 55
6 Preston North End 33 +10 53
7 Bristol City 33 +2 53
8 Blackburn Rovers 33 +10 50
9 Cardiff City 33 +3 50
10 Millwall 33 +2 49
11 Swansea City 33 0 48
12 Derby County 34 -4 45
13 Sheffield Wednesday 33 +3 44
14 Birmingham City 33 -7 44
15 Reading 33 +4 42
16 Queens Park Rangers 33 -7 42
17 Hull City 33 -4 41
18 Middlesbrough 33 -9 37
19 Charlton Athletic 33 -6 36
20 Huddersfield Town 33 -14 36
21 Stoke City 33 -12 34
22 Wigan Athletic 33 -17 31
23 Luton Town 33 -27 30
24 Barnsley 33 -18 28