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Preview: Barnsley (H)

23 April 2018

Nottingham Forest welcome Barnsley to The City Ground tomorrow night with The Reds looking to put a dent in Barnsley's survival hopes.

Forest put in a good performance at Cardiff on Saturday, with missed opportunities proving to be their downfall as The Bluebirds earned all three points in South Wales, and Aitor Karanka's men will be keen to bounce back against Barnsley (kick-off 7.45pm).

Last time out on Trentside saw The Reds snatch victory from the jaws of defeat as late goals from Ben Brereton and Joe Lolley saw them overcome Ipswich Town, and The City Ground faithful will be looking for another victorious display in the penultimate home game of the season.

Barnsley meanwhile will be desperate for all three points as they seek to avoid dropping down to League One. Tomorrow's match is their game in hand and they know that victory will lift them out of the bottom three with just two games to go.

See below for the thoughts of Aitor Karanka ahead of the game.

Team news

Tobias Figueiredo has been ruled out of the game having come off through injury in the defeat against Cardiff on Saturday. With Joe Worrall also sidelined, Michael Mancienne is set to come into the starting line up.

Daryl Murphy could be involved having trained with the first team for the last few days, while Costel Pantilimon could also return in goal having missed the trip to South Wales.

From the opposition

Barnsley boss Jose Morais felt his side should have got more from their game against Leeds United on the weekend, and feels that tomorrow night's game is vital in their quest for Championship safety.

Speaking after the defeat at Elland Road on Saturday, Morais said: "A result that is not a winning one is always disappointing, and it's disappointing because it is a result that should have been a different one. It's a result that has happened because we missed opportunities to score and make it a different one.

"I would say to my players that I am behind everything they are trying to do and we all know what we have to do. Any goal we concede, we are unhappy. This is the way I feel and we are not blaming any one person for this, conceding a goal is always disappointing.

"It is between us and the teams closest to us in this moment, Bolton is a team that is closer and my belief is that we have to win the next game which is the game we have on the others, winning this game would mean we are in a good position and we will be able to make the results on the teams in the direct fight."

One to watch - Oli McBurnie

The Swansea loanee has been a goalscoring revelation for Barnsley since joining the club in January.

The 21-year-old hit eight goals for The Tykes and he will be crucial to helping Barnsley's fight against relegation.

Last time out


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There will be a live broadcast of the game on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

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

Other fixtures

Derby v Cardiff (Tuesday, 7.45pm)

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