Derby took the first step towards easing the pain of their play-off final defeat with a 1-0 victory over Championship newcomers Rotherha
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Steve McClaren admits Derby are way ahead of schedule after he guided the club to the brink of promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.
– Derby boss Steve McClaren
We're way ahead of schedule and if you'd have told me we'd make the play-offs at half-time of the first game against Ipswich in October, when we were 4-1 down, I wouldn't have believed you.
Icame here and signed for two-and-a-half years and said I wanted to build a football club. I wanted to get the fans back, the place buzzing again and a good brand of football on the field.
The fans have appreciated that so they've been coming back and now there's a big buzz around the town. Stage one, for me, has been achieved.
Barnsley's chances of Sky Bet Championship survival were left hanging by a thread after a 2-1 defeat at play-off-bound Derby left them four points from safety with two games to play.
A glaring error by goalkeeper Luke Steele allowed Jeff Hendrick to put the Rams ahead before a deflected Johnny Russell shot increased their lead and, although Nick Proschwitz pulled a goal back, it came too late for the visitors.
Russell had a chance to extend the hosts' advantage with a penalty eight minutes from the end, but saw it saved by Steele.