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Match preview: Barnsley (H)

1 January 2017

Nottingham Forest welcome Barnsley to The City Ground for the Sky Bet Championship clash on Monday 2 January (kick-off 3pm).


Nottingham Forest will be aiming to get 2017 up and running with a victory over Barnsley at The City Ground and also get some more points on the board after two tough away defeats to Huddersfield and Newcastle.

The Reds had a chance to get a result at St James' Park until Matt Mills' second yellow card saw Forest reduced to 10 men, and head coach Philippe Montanier will be aiming to carry that performance into the New Year for the visit of Barnsley.

The Tykes have been on a great run of form, winning four of their first five games in December to lift them to within touching distance of the play-off spots and they ended the year with a 2-2 draw at home to Birmingham on New Year's Eve.

Michael Mancienne is set to return having missed the match at Newcastle through suspension, but Matt Mills will sit the game out after being sent off at St James' Park. David Vaughan could return to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench against Newcastle, while Britt Assombalonga will be pushing for a starting role as he continues to build his match sharpness.

Winger Adam Hammill is set to return after completing a three-match suspension against Birmingham on New Year's Eve and Aidy White is pushing to be included after being out with a long-term injury. Marc Roberts will be missing for Barnsley though after being sent off against Birmingham.

Nottingham Forest

Newcastle (H) - Won 2-1
Derby County (A) - Lost 3-0
Preston (H) - Drew 1-1
Wolves (H) - Lost 2-0
Huddersfield (A) - Lost 2-1
Newcastle (A) - Lost 3-1

Barnsley

Birmingham (A) - Won 3-0
Norwich (H) - Won 2-1
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Lost 2-0
Cardiff (A) - Won 4-3
Blackburn (H) - Won 2-0
Birmingham (H) - Drew 2-2


Conor Hourihane

Irish central midfielder Conor Hourihane is the man that makes Barnsley tick. After assuming the captain's armband last season, Hourihane led his side to promotion via the play-offs as well as success in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

Blessed with strong technical ability, his early season form saw him called into the Republic of Ireland squad and he will be hoping to carry on lifting The Tykes up the table.

Barnsley defender Angus MacDonald, speaking after the draw with Birmingham, said: "I think with 11 men we'd go onto win it but sadly Robbo now misses a game but the lads dug in with 10 men and got the point in the end.

"Losing a man is always going to be difficult. It was a bit harsh given that they've changed the rules, but it's the referee's decision at the end of the day and we can't change that.

"We had better chances in the second half than in the first half and we take the positives from it and go into Monday ready to beat Nottingham Forest."
Season ticket holders will be able to take friends and family along for half-price, while it is also Kids for a Quid with all Under 12s tickets costing £1.

Tickets are priced (matchday rates in brackets) as follows:
 
General sale
 
Adults: £20 (£22)
Seniors: £14 (£16)
Under 18s: £12 (£12)
Under 12s: £1 (£1)
 
Family Area

Adults: £15 (£17)
Seniors: £10 (£12)
Under 18s: £10 (£10)
Under 12s: £1 (£1)

Season ticket holders will receive a discount on up to four tickets for this fixture. Discounted tickets will not be available on the day and are priced as follows:

General sale
 
Adults: £10
Seniors: £7
Under 18s: £6
Under 12s: £1
 
Family Area

Adults: £7.50
Seniors: £5
Under 18s: £5
Under 12s: £1

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 2pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 2.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Tuesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Nottingham Forest - 13/10
Barnsley - 19/10
Draw - 5/2

To score first:

Britt Assombalonga - 7/2
Nicklas Bendtner - 11/2
Sam Winnall - 9/2
Tom Bradshaw - 7/1

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Monday unless otherwise stated.

Birmingham v Brentford
Blackburn v Newcastle
Bristol City v Reading
Burton v Preston
Cardiff v Aston Villa
Fulham v Brighton
Leeds v Rotherham
Norwich v Derby
QPR v Ipswich
Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves
Wigan v Huddersfield

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