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6 March 2014

Nottingham Forest will want to put an end to their winless run when they face bottom-of-the-table Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds haven't tasted victory since the 3-0 win at Huddersfield last month but will fancy their chances against a Tykes side who have won only one of their last seven matches.
A repeat of Forest's 4-1 win at Oakwell last season would aid their promotion push but Barnsley will provide a tough assignment as they desperately search for points to help them steer clear of trouble.
Team News
Guy Moussi could return to the Forest squad after missing the defeat to Wigan while Eric Lichaj will need to be assessed having limped from the field against The Latics.
Andy Reid and Kelvin Wilson are both stepping up their respective returns from injury but still remain a few weeks away from first-team action.
Defender Bobby Hassell remains Barnsley's only injury absentee and otherwise manager Danny Wilson has a fully-fit squad to choose from as his side chase an important home victory.
Liam Lawrence will be looking to hold on to the starting berth he gained at Huddersfield last weekend while Brek Shea will be pushing for a start after making an appearance from the bench at The John Smith's Stadium.
Current Form
Forest have not won for four matches in all competitions but despite their poor recent run, The Reds still remain 5th in the Sky Bet Championship and firmly embedded in the playoff places.
Billy Davies' men have still been in good goalscoring form and have not failed to find the net in a league game since the 0-0 draw at Birmingham on 21 December.
Despite their excellent record in front of goal, The Reds have only won one of their last five league matches and will know that three points at Oakwell are a must if they are to keep themselves in the promotion race.
Blackpool (A) – Drew 1-1
Huddersfield (A) – Won 3-0
Sheffield United (A)* – Lost 3-1
Leicester (H) – Drew 2-2
Burnley (A) - Lost 3-1
Wigan (H) - Lost 4-1
*FA Cup

A 1-0 win over relegation rivals Millwall represents Barnsley's only win in their last seven matches in a run which has seen them slide to the foot of the Sky Bet Championship.
The Tykes now sit two points adrift of safety and Saturday's 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield means they have not tasted victory away from home since 3 December.
Oakwell has been a good source of points for Danny Wilson's side this season though and The Tykes haven't been beaten on their own turf in the league since a 2-1 defeat to Derby on 29 December.
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Lost 1-0
Ipswich (H) - Drew 2-2
Doncaster (A) - Drew 2-2
Wigan (A) - Lost 2-0
Millwall (H) - Won 1-0
Huddersfield (A) - Lost 5-0
Down The Years
Forest wins over Barnsley: 28 (27 League, 1 FA Cup)
Barnsley wins over Forest: 26 (25 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 22 (21 League, 1 FA Cup)
Last Meeting
The last meeting between the sides came in September 2013 as Forest ran out 3-2 winners after a topsy-turvy encounter at The City Ground.
Simon Cox's early goal was cancelled out by a Chris O'Grady penalty but Kelvin Etuhu's own goal on the stroke of half-time put The Reds back in front at the break.
Tomasz Cywka levelled matters again with a stunning 35-yard free-kick but Darius Henderson sealed the win six minutes from time as headed home Andy Reid's cross.

The last meeting between the teams at Oakwell took place in October 2012 as Forest came from behind to achieve a thumping 4-1 victory in South Yorkshire.
Marlon Harewood's strike had put Barnsley ahead but goals from Greg Halford, Simon Cox, Chris Cohen and Jermaine Jenas gave The Reds a convincing win.

He Played For Both
As a product of Forest's youth system, Marlon Harewood went on to make 204 appearances and score 55 goals in his first spell with the club. The striker scored his first league goal for The Reds with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at The Riverside Stadium and famously netted four in the 6-0 win over Stoke in February 2003. He returned for a short spell at The City Ground in 2012 but only made six appearances.
Harewood first joined Barnsley on a loan deal from Blackpool in 2011 and scored a brace in just his third game for the club during a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe. After his short second spell at Forest, Harewood made the move back to Oakwell for the 2012-13 season but only notched three goals before making the switch to Bristol City.
Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistant Referees: Darren Handley and Robert Merchant
Fourth Official: Philip Gibbs
Nottingham Forest are the firm 11/10 favourites to take all three points at Oakwell with the draw being priced at 23/10.
A repeat of Forest's 4-1 victory at Barnsley last season has odds of 40/1 while a more realistic 2-1 win for The Reds can be backed at 8/1.
An entertaining game is in prospect in South Yorkshire and there are odds of 3/1 being offered on a Forest win with both teams to score.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)
Tickets and Travel
Nottingham Forest have been allocated 2,971 reserved seat tickets for this fixture located behind the goal in The North Stand. Tickets are on sale until 12pm on Friday 7 March.
Coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand car park at 11.30am and is priced at £12.
For supporters looking to travel to the match by rail, Nottingham Forest benefit from each rail ticket booked with East Midlands Trains through the official Nottingham Forest website.
On Saturday, the 12.17pm service from Nottingham arrives in Barnsley at 1.42pm which will allow Reds supporters plenty of time to make the short journey across to Oakwell.
For a full schedule of trains to Barnsley and for the best prices visit East Midlands Trains.
Follow The Game
Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on
Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12noon on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

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