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Barnsley Preview

18 April 2013

Nottingham Forest will go in to their penultimate home game of the season knowing that a win could be vital if they are to make the npower Championship playoffs.

The Reds haven’t won in five matches but remain a point away from a place in the top six with three games to go.

Barnsley sit second bottom and every point between now and the end of the campaign will be crucial in their fight for survival.

Stephen McLaughlin is expected to return to training this week but will not be forced in to a rushed return from an ankle injury. Darius Henderson is also unavailable through suspension.

Stephen Foster is a certain absentee for The Tykes - he has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn calf. Stephen Dawson is suspended but Tom Kennedy could make a return.

Forest: 19th
Barnsley: 21st

Steve Chettle

A product of Forest’s Academy, Chettle made his Reds debut in 1986 and went on to play over 500 games for his hometown club.

A 13-year spell at The City Ground came to an end in 1999 when, after an initial loan spell, the former England Under 21 international made a permanent switch to this weekend’s opponents, Barnsley, in 1999.

The Forest legend went on to represent Grimsby, Burton Albion and Ilkeston before heading into coaching. He is currently in charge of The Reds’ Under 18s side in his role as professional development coach at The City Ground.

Forest wins over Barnsley: 27 (26 League, 1 FA Cup),
Barnsley wins over Forest: 26 (25 League, 1 FA Cup),
Draws: 20 (21 League, 1 FA Cup)

Referee: Andy Haines
Assistants: Christopher Akers and Robert Merchant
Fourth Official: Richard Wigglesworth

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