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BARNSLEY 3 (Doyle 5, Gray 57 P, Butterfield 88)
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 (McGugan 69)
Saturday October 16, 2010
BATTLING Barnsley were simply brilliant at Oakwell and the Reds blew away Nottingham Forest's long unbeaten run in spectacular style.
Barnsley manager Mark Robins kept his cards close to his chest in the build up to the game as he looked to get back to winning ways at Oakwell following the international break. Robins shuffled his pack by bringing back Doyle, Andy Gray and Goran Lovre. Garry O'Connor's return to Birmingham gave Gray the opportunity to impress; Diego Arismendi made way for the returning Doyle and Lovre replaced Chris Wood. Bobby Hassell was named on the substitutes' bench after recovering from injury so Kieran Trippier kept his place at right back.
The Reds were off and running in style with just five minutes on the clock. A flowing passing move through midfield sent Trippier away and the England U21 caused chaos in the Forest area with a fine cross. Adam Hammill smashed it back into the danger area and Doyle was in the right place to scramble it home. It was a huge moment for the midfielder.
Barnsley were pumped up for the game and Stephen Foster did what he needed to and stopped Dele Adebola breaking forward on eight minutes. Guy Moussi smacked the free kick into a determined Reds' defensive wall.
Forest on the other hand started slowly but grew into the game as the minutes passed. Wes Morgan hammered a needless shot high over the bar from 35 yards on ten minutes. Chris Cohen then had Barnsley scrambling on 13 minutes as he crossed from the left but Luke Steele was alert enough to make a decent save.
The visitors benefitted from a huge slice of fortune just seconds later as Adebola crashed theatrically to the ground under the lightest of challenges from Hugo Colace. To say it was a dive would be controversial but let's just say justice was done as Cohan blazed the free kick high over the bar.
Barnsley needed to relieve the pressure and a foul by Morgan on Gray gave the home side the chance to fire one in at Lee Camp on 32 minutes. It was Hammill who got hold of the free kick but his effort fizzed a foot wide. It was only just wide though.
Cohen lashed one wide on 34 minutes while Lovre scuffed an effort high into the Oakwell sky three minutes later after a god break forward by Jim O'Brien. It was fast, frantic and very, very entertaining to watch.
Colace was inches away from a stunning second on 41 minutes as he hammered one in from 30 yards that flew just over the bar following good play by Lovre.
Forest went close to an leveller moments later after Colace had tripped Blackstock. Cohen's free kick was good and Luke Chambers rose highest but his header grazed the top of the bar.
Morgan was again given time to shoot on 44 minutes and the big defender let fly from 35 yards but his effort fizzed wide of the upright with Steele scrambling. Foster then did brilliantly to deny Blackstock a clear sight of goal in stoppage time as the Reds defender made a telling block.
Barnsley should have killed the game just five minutes after the restart when a lightening break by Hammill from Steele's throw set the Reds away. Hammill put Jay McEveley in the clear and the full back did well to cross for Trippier at the back post but he headed wide when he really should have scored.
At the other end Lewis McGugan fizzed a cross through the six yard box seconds later before Moussi picked up a yellow card on 54 minutes for a lunge through Trippier in the area.
The Reds had a great chance to grab a second on 56 minutes when Blackstock hauled Lovre down in the area. It was a clear penalty and Gray strode up confidently to smash the ball past Camp.
McEveley then linked up well with Gray moments later but Camp was equal to the full back's scuffed shot while Hammill fired over on 63 as the home side's confidence grew.
Forest made a doubt change on 64 minutes with David McGoldrick and Paul Anderson replacing Adebola and Moussi. The Reds responded by sending on Hassell for Trippier.
Barnsley should have had a second clear, clear penalty on 65 minutes when McEveley was held back and blatantly wrestled away from a loose ball by Paul McKenna. It was as blatant a foul as you could ever see but somehow the referee gave nothing. Seconds later Doyle was in the book as he let his frustrations boil over with a crude challenge on Bertrand.
After being cheated out of a clear penalty, the Reds were rocked again on 68 minutes firstly as McGoldrick smacked the post with a fine volley from the edge of the area. The Reds then struggled to clear and McGugan went one better for Forest as he found the bottom corner through a crowded area to cut the deficit.
O'Brien was almost in at one end on 73 minutes and McGoldrick fired wide at the other in the space of 60 frantic seconds. Cohen then put a free header over on 76 minutes as he met McKenna's deep cross as Forest searched for an equaliser.
Nottingham Forest got away with absolute murder on 85 minutes when Camp reacted ridiculously to a nothing incident involving Hammill and flattened the winger with a push to the chest. There was no reason for the keeper to do it, it was right in front of the referee but somehow and for some reason Phil Crossley gave both a lecture. A booking? Yes. A red card? Quite possibly but the Forest number one got away with it.
The Reds had the last laugh on 88 minutes when Camp was picking the ball out of the back of the net. It was a fine goal as well as Hammill cut Forest wide, wide open to send Jacob Butterfield away and the youngster rifled an unstoppable shot past Camp and into the net.
Steele did well to turn Blackstock's thunderbolt over the bar in stoppage time but the Reds stood firm, held on and picked up a thoroughly deserved three points.
BARNSLEY: Steele, Trippier (Hassell 64), Foster, Shackell, McEveley, O'Brien (Wood 80), Colace, Doyle, Hammill, Lovre (Butterfield 80), Gray.
Subs: Preece, Arismendi, Potter, Dickinson.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST: Camp, Bertrand, Chambers, Morgan, McGugan, Adebola (McGoldrick 64), Cohen, Gunter, McKenna (Majewski 83), Moussi (Anderson 64), Blackstock.
Subs: Darlow, Wilson, McCleary, Thornhill.
Phil Crossley (Kent)
Steven Copeland (Merseyside) and Phillip Dermott (Cheshire)
Duncan Street (West Yorkshire)
Attendance - 12,844
Away Attendance - 2,433
House of Fraser Man of the Match - Hugo Colace
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