Nottingham Forest will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they entertain Barnsley at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).A defeat at Wigan Athletic has done nothing to dampen the optimism on Trentside and Billy Davies will be hoping his side can get back on track with three points against The Tykes.
Forest have enjoyed a good recent record against the Yorkshire club - they haven’t been beaten by the visitors in the last five matches, a run which stretches back to October 2010.
Simon Cox could return to the Forest starting line-up after playing 22 minutes off the bench for the Republic of Ireland last Friday. His manager will need to decide on a replacement for Adlene Guedioura who departed for Crystal Palace last month.
Barnsley could include new signings Peter Ramage and Paddy McCourt in their squad for the game while The Tykes’ defence will be bolstered by the return of Lewin Nyatanga and Martin Cranie.
Norwegian striker Marcus Pedersen suffered a foot injury whilst away on international duty this week so Jason Scotland or Chris Dagnall could partner Chris O’Grady in the visitors’ attack.
The Reds go into this game looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season, a 2-1 loss at recently-relegated Wigan Athletic.
Despite the defeat at The DW Stadium, The Reds enjoyed a good return of ten points from their first five matches of the season and currently sit fourth in the Championship table with a Capital One Cup third round tie at Burnley to come.
Hartlepool (H)* - Won 3-1
Blackburn (A) - Won 1-0
Bolton (H) – Won 3-0
Watford (A) – Drew 1-1
Millwall (H)* - Won 2-1
Wigan (A) - Lost 2-1
Barnsley have endured a difficult start to the campaign but picked up their first league win of the season with a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town before the international break.
Heavy defeats in the league to Wigan and Blackburn had left The Tykes with just one point from their first four matches, as well as 5-1 Capital One Cup thrashing at the hands of Southampton, but David Flitcroft’s men will head to Trentside with extra belief after their first victory of the season.
Scunthorpe (H)* - Drew 0-0 (Won 5-4 on penalties)
Blackpool (A) - Lost 1-0
Charlton (H) - Drew 2-2
Blackburn (A) - Lost 5-2
Southampton (H)* - Lost 5-1
Huddersfield (H) - Won 2-1
*Capital One Cup
Down The Years
Forest wins over Barnsley: 27 (26 League, 1 FA Cup)
Barnsley wins over Forest: 26 (25 League, 1 FA Cup,)
Draws: 22 (21 League, 1 FA Cup,)
Barnsley held on for a 0-0 draw at The City Ground in the last meeting between the two sides, a result which damaged Forest’s hopes of reaching last season’s playoffs.
The home side dominated the contest from start to finish but were unable to make the breakthrough as Henri Lansbury, Billy Sharp and Andy Reid were all denied by a combination of the woodwork and some good Barnsley defending.
The stalemate left Forest two points adrift of Bolton, who occupied the final playoff place, with two games remaining in the season.
He Played For Both
Steve Chettle played over 400 games for Forest, his hometown club, between 1986 and 1999 and as an imposing centre back helped them win the 1990 League Cup, reach the 1991 FA Cup final and win promotion to the Premier League in the 1993-94 season.
He moved to Barnsley from Forest in 1999 and went on to make 90 appearances for The Tykes during a three-year stay in Yorkshire before switching to Grimsby Town in 2003.
Chettle was also capped several times by the England Under 21 side and is now interim lead professional development coach at Forest.
Referee: Iain Williamson
Assistant Referees: Ryan Johnson and Robert Merchant
Fourth Official: Richard Wigglesworth
Forest are the clear favourites to beat Barnsley and can be backed at 8/15 with the draw priced at 3/1.
There are odds of 10/1 on Forest winning 3-0, the same scoreline by which they beat Bolton Wanderers in their last home league match.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Barnsley.
In this edition, priced £3, Billy Davies looks back at our opening month of the season, Karl Darlow talks about his Forest career to date and Marcus Tudgay gives his thoughts on the game against his former club.
Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad. Perfect for supporters who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 2pm onwards on Saturday.
Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets.
Follow The Game
Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on nottinghamforest.co.uk.
Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12noon on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Tickets for the match (Saturday 14 September, kick-off 3pm) are on general sale and can be bought online at www.nffcretail.com, in store at the Ticket Office or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls cost 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).