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Match preview: Barnsley vs Forest in association with Football Index

18 July 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's match against Barnsley at Oakwell on Sunday, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest make the journey to South Yorkshire for their final away game of the regular season against Barnsley on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds could kick-off at Oakwell knowing that a play-off place is secure should results go their way on Saturday, but a win against The Tykes would guarantee a top-six spot before the final day of the season.

Barnsley are deep in the relegation fight, and their fate could also be sealed before a ball is kicked on Sunday, but should results go their way then only a win will do to preserve their second-tier status. 

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed there are a few slight doubts for his side ahead of the match at Barnsley.

Click here for the full team news.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Barnsley wins
League 30 21 28
FA Cup 1 1 1
Total 31 22 29

Last time out

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From the opposition

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber knows his side must be more clinical if they are to stand a chance of survival in the Championship.

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The Tykes missed a host of chances in the 1-0 defeat to Leeds on Thursday, a result which could prove costly in their battle to avoid the drop.

Speaking after that defeat, Struber said: "It’s difficult to find the right words at the moment; it’s a frustrating situation. I think, especially the last few games, we play on our absolute limit. But our big issue at the moment is to use top chances and taking responsibility for the goal.

“Sometimes we need a kick-off. It’s always a big question when you don’t have the right balance to score goals, but you have to work hard for this moment to score a goal and, at the moment, we have no time to wait – we have to score goals and the next big opponent is waiting for us.

“If we play in the same style, we can create chances, but it’s the responsibility for my offensive players.”

Barnsley's last five

W - Barnsley 2-0 Blackburn (30/06/20)
L - Stoke 4-0 Barnsley (04/07/20)
D - Luton 1-1 Barnsley (07/07/20)
D - Barnsley 0-0 Wigan (11/07/20)
L - Leeds 1-0 Barnsley (16/07/20)

Coverage

Nottingham Forest supporters are able to watch the full 90 minutes against Barnsley live on iFollow Forest.

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For only £10, you can purchase a match pass to watch live and exclusive coverage of Forest’s clash with The Tykes including commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray.

To purchase a match pass, simply visit nottinghamforest.co.uk/ifollow/subscribe, scroll down to the match passes section and click ‘Purchase Now’ next to the Barnsley fixture.

Season card holders who have selected option 1 from the refund options will be able to watch all The Reds' remaining games free of charge on iFollow Forest. For more information, please click here.

There will also be full match coverage available via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Referee

Scott Duncan will be the referee in charge of Sunday's match at Oakwell. Duncan from Northumberland has only overseen four matches this season, showing 13 yellow cards and two red cards, but is an experienced official.

He has taken charge of 12 Forest games, the first of which was a 3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at The City Ground in April 2014, and the last a 1-0 win away at QPR at the end of last season. 

Forest have won three, drawn three and lost six of the 12 games Duncan has been in charge, scoring 12 and conceding 22 goals. 

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Huddersfield 2-1 West Brom
Charlton vs Wigan (12.30pm)
Stoke vs Brentford (12.30pm)
Blackburn vs Reading
Fulham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Hull vs Luton
Middlesbrough vs Cardiff
Preston vs Birmingham
QPR vs Millwall
Swansea vs Bristol City
Derby vs Leeds (Sunday, 2pm)

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Match Reports

Barnsley 1-0 Forest

19 July 2020

Nottingham Forest suffered late heartbreak once again as they were beaten in the fourth minute of stoppage time by Barnsley at Oakwell.

Patrick Schmidt's late, late strike was enough to earn a deserved victory for the home side and leave Forest still needing a point to confirm their spot in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

Sabri Lamouchi made three changes from the midweek draw with Swansea as injury to Brice Samba saw him replaced by Jordan Smith while Ryan Yates and Sammy Ameobi were replaced in the starting line-up by Tiago Silva and Michael Dawson.

The home side were in desperate need of three points to retain their Championship status and Smith had to be alert in the early minutes to produce two smart low saves to deny Alex Mowatt and Luke Thomas before Lewis Grabban dragged a shot wide at the other end.

Forest had a couple of bites at the cherry to take a 15th-minute lead as Silva's free-kick from the left caused chaos inside the Barnsley penalty area but the ball wouldn't sit kindly for Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo to strike at goal and the hosts were able to clear the danger.

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It was proving to be a testing first half-hour at Oakwell for The Reds and they almost went behind to a scorching strike from Luke Thomas. The Barnsley midfielder hit a crisp drive towards goal from the edge of the penalty area but it clipped Smith's crossbar and went behind for a goal-kick.

Forest were firmly on the back foot and Smith was there once again to bail The Reds out a minute before half-time. Jacob Brown sprung the offside trap and raced into the penalty area but Smith came out to meet him and was able to smother the ball before Brown could pick his spot.

The opening stages of the second half were more even with both sides not looking to show their hand too early. Lamouchi made a double change by bringing on Yates and Ameobi for Silva and Nuno Da Costa as he sought to wrestle control of the contest.

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Barnsley came close to opening the scoring midway through the second half when Marcel Ritzmaier took aim from the edge of the penalty area but his deflected strike was touched onto the post by Smith and the ball span behind for a corner.

The home side knew they had to throw the kitchen sink at Forest to get the victory they needed. Mowatt's free-kick into the penalty area was headed up but not away by Forest and as substitute Matty Wolfe headed the ball towards goal from close range, Worrall was there to clear it off the line.

Apart from score, Barnsley were doing everything else and they almost broke the deadlock with ten minutes to play. A short corner was delivered to Jordan Williams on the edge of the penalty area and he drilled a powerful effort inches over Smith's goal with Forest keeper at full-stretch.

The goal had been coming all afternoon and it duly arrived in the fourth minute of stoppage time. An almighty goalmouth scramble inside the Forest penalty area ended with the ball being turned home at close range by Patrick Schmidt to ensure The Reds will still need a point on Wednesday night against Stoke City to secure their play-off place.

Forest: Smith; Jenkinson (Benalouane 85'), Figueiredo (Mighten 90'), Worrall, Dawson (c), Ribeiro; Watson, Sow, Silva (Yates 55'); Da Costa (Ameobi 55'), Grabban

Subs not used: Shelvey, Bostock, Lolley, Darikwa, Walker

Booking: Watson 51'

Barnsley: Walton; Ludewig (Woodrow 46'), Sollbauer, Andersen; J.Williams (Halme 87'), Mowatt (c), Thomas (Wolfe 67'), Ritzmaier (Schmidt 82'), Styles; Brown, Chaplin

Subs not used: Collins, B.Williams, Bahre, Oduor, Marsh

Goal: Schmidt 90'

Referee: Scott Duncan

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