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We’re back on the road after a couple of weeks off, and a trip just up the road to Barnsley. Barnsley playing Derby in the second round of the EFL Cup, a week behind the actual cup draw due to Derby’s original first round tie being abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

Ironically the rain tonight was probably just as bad, but thankfully the pitch held up. It was a nice drive down to Oakwell, and for once at an away ground, sensible car parking allowing us to park pretty much onto the turnstiles for the away fans. We had a good chat with the locals outside the ground before we went in, including a very friendly Sheffield United fan, not sure why he was there to be honest.

I was quite impressed with the ground, I like to see these types of grounds stuck in the middle of residential areas just like they used to be, before the huge stadia that we see these days. Gives the club more of a community feel.

The game didn’t go Derby’s way, although making 11 changes from the 5-0 win against Hull wouldn’t have helped, but we did find ourselves ahead twice in the game. As the game reached full time, Barnsley struck the winner, and to be honest, the threat of extra time and having taken Will on a school night, I wasn’t too disappointed. Yes, it would have been great to have had a trip to Wembley a week later for a game against Spurs, logistically that would have been a nightmare to pull off.

So in the end, a lovely trip to Barnsley. An enjoyable game, an enjoyable experience, friendly crowd, apart from them ripping off our songs :-). All the best to Barnsley in the next round of the cup, and we now move on to Ground 6 next, wherever that will be.

Oakwell Stadium

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