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PREVIEW: Nottingham Forest Vs Barnsley

The inside track on our trip to the City Ground

20 September 2019

The Reds head to Nottingham this weekend in Sky Bet Championship action as Barnsley face Forest - it's time for the preview!

With the Reds denied any points late on in the Yorkshire Derby last time out, Daniel Stendel will be looking for a reaction this weekend as we face Forest on the road. 

Last Sunday's 2-0 home defeat against Leeds United saw a much improved performance and for 83 minutes, Barnsley probably edged proceedings in terms of chances created. But profligacy in front of goal and a goal unfairly chalked off minutes before Leeds took the lead saw us beaten on home soil for the second Oakwell game in succession.


That latest defeat saw the Reds drop into the relegation zone but spirits remain high in the camp with players returning from injury in recent weeks to help boost Stendel's options.

Both Bambo Diaby and Cameron McGeehan are closest this weekend to making their respective returns. The defender and midfielder were rated as 50/50 by the coaching staff in terms of being involved at Forest.

Subscribers to iFollow Barnsley can get the pre-match thoughts of both striker Cauley Woodrow and First Team Coach, Chris Stern who previewed Saturday's 3pm kick-off when they met the media at Oakwell during the week.

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With nine games played in all competitions so far this season, Nottingham Forest have started the new campaign quite well, with just the opening day defeat to West Brom being the only blemish on their record. And even that loss was harsh on Forest.

They've beaten Birmingham City, Fulham and Swansea City since then and gained a point at Elland Road against Leeds. On top of this, The Tricky Trees have progressed to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup having seen off Fleetwood Town and then their big rivals Derby County 3-0 last time out. 

Forest score

Coached by former French international Sabri Lamouchi, Forest have invested massively in the last couple of years, recruiting a number of high-profile players and their ambitions are clearly set on the Premier League.

With experienced pro's such as Michael Dawson, Ben Watson and Lewis Grabban among their ranks and exciting continental additions like Joao Carvalho, Brice Samba and Rafael Mir, there's a real exciting blend prevalent in the Forest ranks and their hopes of gaining promotion back to the top flight after a 20-year absence.

Brian Clough

Two-time European Cup winners, the new millennium hasn't been kind to the City Ground outfit.

Those glory days under the late, great Brian Clough seem a long time ago now but on Saturday our hosts will be celebrating the legacy of their greatest ever manager who died on this day 15 years ago. 

In terms of history between Forest and the Reds, Saturday will see the 83rd meeting of the two clubs and there's absolutely nothing to separate us. 

With 30 victories apiece, one of us will edge in front in the historical head-to-head record come 5pm Saturday.

Hourihane celebrates

Our last trip to the City Ground saw us comfortably beaten 3-0 in April of 2018. We'll quickly gloss over that one and look to the 2017 visit when a last-minute Conor Hourihane wonder-strike saw us to a 1-0 victory. 

There are no tickets available for this fixture with the City Ground set for a sell-out crowd for the first time this season, but fans unable to support the Reds in person can enjoy LIVE and uninterrupted commentary from Nottingham via iFollow Barnsley.


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Match Reports

REPORT: Forest 1-0 Barnsley

The Reds' difficult run continues at the City Ground

21 September 2019

Barnsley were harshly defeated in Nottingham as they were once again made to pay for their own profligacy in front of goal.

Veteran midfielder Ben Watson's 56th minute strike against the run of play condemned Daniel Stendel's side to another defeat in the Sky Bet Championship.

Despite seeing a plethora of opportunities created, particularly in the second period, Barnsley were stung when the home side took a rare chance of their own.

There was just the solitary change for the Reds going into this one, Dani Pinillos started at left back as he made a return to his former stomping ground. 

In a very even first half where chances were at a premium, Barnsley had arguably the better opportunities. 

Despite having the majority of possession Forest struggled to open up the Barnsley backline and indeed it was Stendel's men who looked most likely to open the scoring.

A competitive affair, the hosts saw Matty Cash booked on 24 minutes as he dived looking for a free-kick before there a huge let-off for the Reds..

Experienced striker Lewis Grabban was played in on goal but he screwed his shot a couple of yards wide from inside the box as Brad Collins narrowed the angle.

There was a caution for Jordan Williams on the half-hour mark as he slid into Forest defender Ribeiro, and then came a real chance for Daniel Stendel's side..

Just before the break, Luke Thomas surged beyond defenders and into the hosts' box before seeing his riht-footed effort parried behind by Forest 'keeper Brice Samba. 

It had been a positive opening 45 for the Reds in a game played in sweltering conditions at the City Ground.

HALF TIME: Forest 0-0 Barnsley

The Reds came flying out of the blocks in the second half, with Toby Sibbick and Alex Mowatt letting fly from the edge of the box before the dangerous Thomas saw another strike blocked just in front of the goal by a Forest defender.

On 54 minutes another massive chance for Barnsley as Pinillos broke free on the left, ran at his marker before playing a sweet one-two with Cauley Woodrow which teed him up inside the area for a shot on the angle but his effort was turned away by Samba for another corner.

Forest went up the other end from the set-play, in a four-on-four breakaway they had all the time in the world wide right to square a ball back into the box and Watson finished with aplomb, eight-yards out to give the home side a lead their play had scarcely deserved.

The Reds kept up the pressure and Cameron McGeehan, Conor Chaplin and Patrick Schmidt were all introduced by Stendel as the hunt continued for an equaliser.

Thomas was once more denied by Samba when he raced into the box and fired towards the top corner, before Schmidt's great glancing header from a Thomas cross dropped just a foot wide of the far post.

It was superb play from McGeehan as we entered the final minute as he hit a wonderful diagonal ball into Brown, he found Mallik Wilks who skillfully turned his man inside the box, six yards out now he elected to shoot when Chaplin and Mowatt were waiting for a cut-back; the shot was charged down by a terrific sliding tackle from veteran defender Michael Dawson.

The result was harsh and didn't reflect the performance, but it's four away games now without even a single goal. It's clear where the Reds need to improve if they're to begin to get this season up and running.

FULL TIME: Forest 1-0 Barnsley

Collins (GK), Williams (Chaplin), Andersen, Halme (McGeehan), Pinillos, Brown, Mowatt, Sibbick, Thomas, Wilks, Woodrow (Schmidt).

Unused: Walton (GK), Bähre, Oduor, Thiam.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Nottingham Forest (A)

19 September 2019

We have received a total allocation of 1,988 tickets in the Bridgford Stand lower tier for our game at Nottingham Forest, Saturday 21st September, kick off 3pm.

*UPDATE - There are only 30 tickets remaining as of 19/09/19*

*UPDATE - There are only 80 tickets remaining as of 18/09/19*

*UPDATE - There are only 250 tickets remaining as of 17/09/19*

Tickets went on General Sale on Monday 16thSeptember 9am

Tickets in Blocks X1 and X2 are the centre blocks priced at –

Adult £22
Senior Over 65 £16
Young Adult (18-23) £5
Juvenile (12-17) £5
Juvenile (4-11) £1

Tickets in Blocks W1 and W2 are the outer blocks priced at –

Adult £20
Senior Over 65 £15
Young Adult (18-23) £5
Juvenile (12-17) £5
Juvenile (4-11) £1

Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users will pay the relevant age related category. Wheelchair user tickets are situated in blocks W2 and X2. Should the disabled supporter be in receipt of the higher rate of DLA, PIP or attendance allow then a carers ticket will be issued free of charge. Otherwise carers will pay the relevant age related category.

Official Club Coach Travel departs at 12.15pm priced at £17 per seat. We have a strict no alcohol policy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

Notes from Nottingham Forest– Concession checks will be in place. Should any supporter found to be trying to use a concession ticket to enter the ground to which they are not entitled to, the ticket will be seized without recompense.

Nottingham Forest strongly recommends that children are at least of primary school age when attending fixtures at The City Ground. Babies and younger children will not be admittedfor their own safety.

The postage deadline for this game is 3pm Wednesday 18th September. Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 2pm Friday 20th September 2019, subject to availability.

If you are purchasing away game and cup tickets for other people we strongly advise you to correctly assign the ticket to each individual for every game. This will enable us to offer the correct privileges to supporters on occasions when tickets are on restricted sales in a category system. 




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