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PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Nottingham Forest

18 July 2020

It's the final home game of this extended 2019/20 season in the Sky Bet Championship and we welcome Nottingham Forest in this last chance saloon - here's the preview.

Gutting was the perfect adjective used to describe the defeat at Elland Road on Thursday evening. 

The Reds had dominated a Leeds United side about to be crowned Champions of the second tier, completely outplaying them on their own park in the second half. 

But as we've seen far too often this season, Barnsley were the architects of their own downfall. An inability to take great chances created - gilt-edged misses from both Jacob Brown and Mads Andersen - were rued as usual soon after when Leeds took the lead with their first meaningful forage forward, a cut-back at the by-line put into his own net by Michael Sollbauer. 

If 90 seconds summed up our season, it occurred right there. 

Gerhard Struber's side came out in the second period and thoroughly battered their 'soon-to-be' Premier League hosts. It was attack after attack. Quick-thinking, turnovers galore, and men up in support at all times. But in reaching the 18-yard box, the Reds became impotent. It's been the undoing of us since the restart. 

Where once we were punished for defensive frailty, Barnsley have recently suffered through a sheer lack of clinical composure in the final third. 

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Adam Murray Pre-Forest

18 July 2020

It leaves us needing a lot of fortune and, above all else, two big wins. 

Reds' coach Adam Murray and Austrian defender Michael Sollbauer were on pre-match press duty and you can enjoy both videos by clicking on the linked videos below.

In the Reds' way this Sunday in a 3pm kick-off are Nottingham Forest who are all but guaranteed a place in the end-of-season playoffs going into this one. 

Led by former Inter Milan midfielder, the French international, Sabri Lamouchi, this has been an impressive season for the former two-time European Champions. 

With 20-goal forward Lewis Grabban leading the line and a solid backline to fall back upon, the Tricky Trees like to soak up pressure and hit their opponents on the break, to often devastating effect. 

The third best away record in the division, Forest head to Oakwell having come out on top in the reverse fixture back in September when veteran midfielder Ben Watson struck a winner against the run of play at the City Ground. 

Historically speaking, this is a very keenly-contested fixture, with Forest holding 31 wins to Barnsley's 30. There have also been 22 draws and in those 83 meetings, only once has the game produced a 0-0 encounter at Oakwell (in 1921). 

The last time the sides met here in Barnsley it was a successful evening for the Reds with Ryan Hedges' superb effort seeing us to a 2-1 victory. 

As ever during these behind-closed-doors fixtures, the clash is being broadcast on iFollow Barnsley, and you can get your Match Pass by clicking THIS link, giving you live coverage on Saturday afternoon as Struber's side look for maximum points in the quest to retain Championship status.

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REPORT: Barnsley 1-0 Forest

19 July 2020

Dominant Reds have to wait and wait, but Patrick Schmidt is the last-gasp hero this Sunday afternoon!

Patrick Schmidt's injury-time goal made sure that the Reds' great escape act goes into the final week, as Barnsley earn a deserved victory in thieir final home game of the campaign.

Reds' Head Coach, Gerhard Struber had made two changes for the visit of Forest, with Luke Thomas and Marcel Ritzmaier brought back into the starting XI. 

Once again the Reds were in full control of the game from the get-go, dominant throughout the entire first half but yet again, profligate in front of goal. 

From a second minute Alex Mowatt shot that was parried away by ex-Reds 'keeper Jordan Smith, right up to the last minute of the half when Jacob Brown fluffed his lines when through on goal, it was all Barnsley, but without reward.

Thomas had a number of efforts, one in particular that smacked off the top of the crossbar, and another which Smith had to turn behind. 

Conor Chaplin was impressive on the one-year anniversary of his arrival at the club, and he got in behind to rifle an effort just a foot wide from an acute angle.

It was incessant Reds pressure, but Forest did have one or two counter opportunities, with 20-goal striker Lewis Grabban dragging wide when through on goal early in the half.

HALF TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Forest

Struber brought on top scorer Cauley Woodrow at the break, but the game was much more competitive in the second period. 

It was still the Reds dominating, but the chances weren't coming as frequent.

There was a debut for Matty Wolfe, who looked impressive in his cameo as he helped the Reds to regain the initiative, but it was fellow sub Schmidt who made the biggest of impacts.

With 94 minutes played, a scramble away from the Forest box was put back across goal and the Austrian stabbed home from a couple of yards out to send the relegation battle into a final day on Wednesday in Brentford.

FULL TIME: Barnsley 1-0 Forest

Walton, Ludewig (Woodrow), Sollbauer, Andersen, J.Williams (Halme), Styles, Mowatt, Ritzmaier (Schmidt), Thomas (Wolfe), Brown, Chaplin.

Unused: Collins, Oduor, Bähre, Marsh, B.Williams.

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