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NOTTINGHAM FOREST PREVIEW

18 November 2020

The wait for football is over, as this weekend the Reds return to action and a clash with Forest.

Whilst the November international break was ideal in terms of offering respite from the crazy fixture schedule this season, it may have come at a poor time for Barnsley having won three of their last four fixtures. 

But it's about to get busy once again as the Reds tackle 11 league fixtures between now and the end of 2020. It all kicks off this Saturday with the visit of a Nottingham Forest side who've won their last two games after what had been a disappointing start to the 20/21 campaign. 

It will be the third Oakwell meeting between the two clubs in a matter of months, after last season's 1-0 league victory back in July and then September's 1-0 win in the Carabao Cup. It's becoming a familiar fixture!

This is actually a fairly decent clash historically, in terms of the head-to-head record. Barnsley hold 32 wins to Forest's 31 in a fixture that was first played out in 1906. 

As we say, the last time this league fixture was played out, the Reds edged it in the final seconds of the game thanks to Patrick Schmidt's cool finish in our final home match of the 2019/20 season. 

Ahead of the game this weekend, both our Head Coach, Valérien Ismaël and his striker, Cauley Woodrow met with the assembled media at Oakwell via Zoom.

Both press conference interviews are available to watch on iFollow Barnsley or by simply clicking the linked videos below.

The Reds go into Saturday's clash just a point ahead of their visitors from Nottingham. A surprising statement considering Forest were hotly tipped for promotion once again ahead of the new campaign. 

But the Midlands outfit have probably suffered a little with a hangover from last season. When whilst the Reds were celebrating on July 22, our opponents this weekend were in despair having thrown away a playoff place against all odds. 

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ISMAËL PRE-FOREST

19 November 2020

That disastrous finale to last term didn't spell the end for Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi, but the former French international midfielder was replaced last month after their poor start by experienced campaigner Chris Hughton; a man known for promotion success at this level.

The former Newcastle United and Brighton gaffer has a plethora of quality players at his disposal, with two of the division's most prolific frontmen on the books in Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor.

Veteran central defender Michael Dawson is still present beside the Trent, although unused so far this year, but the likes of Joe Worrall and Carl Jenkinson also offer plenty of quality at the back.

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WOODROW PRE-FOREST

19 November 2020

Midfielders like Harry Arter, Jack Colback and Luke Freeman have all played at the highest level too, so it's certainly a squad that should be in the race for promotion, but if the Tricky Trees are to make that long-held dream a reality, they need to keep up the decent form since Hughton pitched up at the City Ground. 

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WATCH FOREST LIVE

20 November 2020

Barnsley have only lost one of their last nine league fixtures at Oakwell; that being the opening day reverse (0-1) against Luton Town. The Reds have kept seven clean sheets in that run. It's the sort of home form the club has become used to for the last few years, and after finally getting a deserved first win on their travels last time out against Derby County, confidence should be high going into Saturday's 3pm kick-off.

The game is being broadcast on iFollow Barnsley and you can grab your Match Pass for the big game by clicking HERE.

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Match Reports

LATE SHOW SEALS THREE POINTS AGAINST FOREST

21 November 2020

Barnsley maintained their 100% home record under Valérien Ismaël with a richly-deserved 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.

It could have been an even more convincing margin of victory for the Reds, who hit the woodwork on no less than three occasions. But late goals from Callum Styles and Cauley Woodrow ensured a fourth win in our last five outings.

After a slow start from both teams, it was Barnsley who came closest to breaking the deadlock inside the opening 12 minutes when Woodrow saw his splendid curling strike cannon back off the crossbar.

The Reds came agonisingly close again moments later as Conor Chaplin spun in the area and unleashed a fierce drive that, once more, cracked off the frame of the goal with Brice Samba stranded.

Jack Walton then had to be at his best to thwart Miguel Ángel Guerrero with an outstretched leg after the Forest forward got goal side as the game sparked into life.

Styles was on hand to block Joe Lolley’s first time effort at the back post after the Forest man had been picked out by a deep cross.

The visitors were in the ascendency, with Lolley pulling the strings and Michał Helik produced a fine last-ditch tackle to deny the winger as he cut in from the right flank.

Lolley was at it once more as he burst forward on the counter-attack, playing a lovely through-ball for Guerrero, but the Spaniard’s tame effort was gathered comfortably by Walton.

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0-0 Forest

Barnsley made a bright start to the second half and Chaplin played a magnificent through ball into the path of Styles, who fired a cross into the six-yard box but Dominik Frieser couldn’t get enough on his header to divert it home.

A couple of chances came and went for the Reds, with Woodrow seeing a neat backheel hacked away from goal, but Forest always posed a danger and, when they won possession back, Lyle Taylor saw his glancing header tipped away by Walton just before the hour mark.

Valérien Ismaël opted to make two changes and within seconds of being introduced, Herbie Kane whistled a free-kick narrowly past the upright.

For the third time, Barnsley were denied by the bar as Woodrow latched onto Luke Thomas’ cutback but was left frustrated yet again as his fierce drive thundered off the woodwork, bounced on the line and away to safety.

However, the deadlock was finally broken when Victor Adeboyejo muscled his way forward, picked out Woodrow who in turn laid it off for Styles. The little magician rifled an unstoppable strike into the far top corner with five minutes remaining to spark wild scenes amongst the Reds players and staff.

It was soon two for Barnsley as the ever-dangerous Callum Brittain marauded down the right flank and cut it back for Woodrow, and our number 9 clinically swept it into the far corner to seal all three points.

FULL-TIME: Barnsley 2-0 Forest

REDS: Walton, Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen, Brittain (J Williams), James (Kane), Mowatt (Oduor), Styles, Frieser (Thomas), Woodrow, Chaplin (Adeboyejo).

Unused: Collins, Palmer, Miller, Schmidt.

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