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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. 


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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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