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Posted Sat 06 Aug 11 at 16:57 PM

Nottingham Forest 0 v 0 Barnsley

In spite of some late pressure on the Barnsley goal, Nottingham Forest were once again unable to find the back of the net in their opening game of the season.

Forest's chances in the first half were limited to a couple of free kicks, but neither of those troubled the Barnsley keeper. But the away side only had a couple of chances as well and Lee Camp remained untested.

It was a much more lively second half with Forest creating more and looking more threatening as the half progressed. But Barnsley looked solid in defence and as the half progressed the away side looked satisfied to play for a draw.

Forest's three new signings were all in the starting line-up for the first game of the season, with Chris Cohen filling the left-back position.

There was an enthusiastic welcome for the players, who looked eager to get the new season under way, but Steve McClaren made a quiet entrance from the tunnel a few seconds after kick-off.

Forest had the first chance of the game when they won a free kick just outside the penalty area when Paul Anderson made a break but was stopped in his tracks by Jay McEverley.

Andy Reid and Lewis McGugan both stepped up to take the free kick, but Reid's effort went high over the crossbar.

Patient build-up play by Barnsley from the start almost paid off 15 minutes into the game when Danny Haynes uses his pace to get to the ball before Lee Camp. He was forced wide, but put in a good cross and solid defending from Chris Cohen was enough to put Craig Davies off.

And they came close a minute later from a free kick wide on the right by David Butterfield. The ball found Davies in front of goal but he was unable to guide the ball on target and headed wide and high.

Forest got forward a few times in the first half hour but the final ball was poor on every occasion and the Barnsley keeper was not bothered at all.

But as the half entered the final 15 minutes Forest picked up their pace and started to put Barnsley under pressure.

A superb cross, the width of the pitch by Reid, picked out Anderson who went round his man and slipped the ball through to McGugan whose effort was poor and off target.

Good work by McGugan created a chance for Forest when he got away from his man and produced a good, low cross from the left. But the ball fell for Luke Steele to pounce on it before David McGoldrick could get a foot to it.

That proved to be the last chance for Forest in the first half.

It was a lively start to the second half with the first chance going to the visitors when a low shot from an angle by Davies was easily saved by Camp.

Forest came close a minute later after the ball was driven in by Anderson. Steele punched it away but only as far as McGugan who volleyed towards goal but his effort didn't find the target.

Ten minutes into the half McClaren made his first substitution of the game with Joe Garner replacing McGoldrick.

The Forest striker hadn't been on many minutes before he was brought down by Miles Addison, winning a free kick for Forest and McGugan's effort took two deflections before going out for a corner.

But Barnsley looked dangerous going forward and a good block by Chris Cohen stopped one attempt and a header from Doyle went just wide of the far post.

Forest were gifted a chance following a misunderstanding between two Barnsley defenders. Anderson took advantage and sent a low cross across the six-yard box, but neither Reid or Garner could get on the end of it.

A good corner by Reid found Wes Morgan at the far post but he headed the ball wide of the post.

Radi Makewski came on in the 73rd minute, to a warm reception from the home side, replacing Reid.

Forest produced some good passing football and kept possession well as they got forward, but it ended with a poor cross from Cohen right footed, which went out for a goal kick.

And they continued to put the pressure on, winning two corners in quick succession, followed by a good ball in to McGugan who watched as his volley from 12 yards ricocheted off a Barnsley defender.

There was good defending by Cohen as he looked in control at the back when Barnsley threatened and he forced Doyle to shoot over.

Forest went on the attack again but it was difficult to keep possession in a crowded penalty area and when the ball broke to Majewski on the edge of the box Steele dived low to his right to make the save.

In the 90th minute a free kick from long range by Cohen was whipped in towards goal where Chambers put Steele under pressure but the keeper was able to punch the ball away and keep a clean sheet.

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Chambers(C), Cohen, Greening, Boateng, Anderson, Reid(Majewski73min), McGugan, McGoldrick(Garner 55min)
Subs not used: Smith, Lynch, Tudgay, ,
Bookings: Morgan 36min

Barnsley: Steele, Wiseman, McEveley, Edwards(C), Foster, Addison, Doyle, Perkins, Butterfield(Vaz Te 88min), Davies(O'Brien 79min), Haynes
Subs not used: Preece, Hassell, McNulty,
Bookings: McEverley 7min, Edwards 27min

Referee: A Haines
Attendance: 22,951 Away attn: 2,073

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