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30 January 2021

Match Reports


30 January 2021

Barnsley picked up a point on the road for the first time in 2021 at Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

In a game devoid of quality, a stalemate summed up the fare on offer at the City Ground as the Reds added another point to their tally.

The Reds did dominate the early proceedings in terms of territory and possession but they were unable to create any real openings of note. 

Forest nearly punished Barnsley in the 17th minute when Lewis Grabban raced in on goal and blazed wide, although he did look offside in the building of that attack which had cleverly beaten the Reds' press.

Controversy five minutes later as a long-throw from Dominik Frieser was headed on by Mads Andersen but as the ball dropped for Michal Helik in the six-yard box, the Pole was dragged to the ground and saw his shot saved by Brice Samba. Nothing awarded.

A minute later, Frieser looked to have stolen the ball off a defender and make his way into the box but the referee blew for a free-kick. 

Sammy Ameobi flashed an effort well wide from the edge of the box as the hosts looked to assert their own dominance.

But it was a really tough watch in the first 45 and little action to note, going in at the interval goalless.

HALF-TIME: Forest 0-0 Reds

The Reds were better in terms of creativity after the break but once more they were struggling to take advantage of their chances.

Callum Brittain went close when he fired an effort a whisker wide with real venom on his shot. But there was even more power in the boot of Herbie Kane a moment later as the midfielder thundered a left-footed strike towards the top corner only for Samba to get the slightest of touches to the ball to tip it over the bar. 

There were substitute appearances for all of Carlton Morris, Victor Adeboyejo, Michael Sollbauer and Jordan Williams but the Reds' luck in front of goal deserted them regardless. 

Cauley Woodrow connected with a superb Brittain cross from the right, but his point blank header from six yards out was repelled by Samba once again. 

There was an Anthony Knockaert effort at the near post for the home side where he stabbed wide when it looked easier to hit the target, but there were few chances in the closing stages.

That was despite Barnsley dominating right til the last kick, but a flurry of corners and crosses came to nothing and the Reds' run without a league win stretches to five now.

FULL-TIME: Forest 0-0 Reds

Collins, Brittain, Sibbick (Sollbauer), Helik, Andersen, Styles, Kane (J.Williams), Mowatt, Chaplin (Morris), Frieser (Adeboyejo), Woodrow.

Unused: Walton, Omar, Oduor, Schmidt, Miller.



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