Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley Match Report

Barnsley and Forest played out a pretty uneventful 0-0 draw at the City ground to give Barnsley their second draw in a week after not drawing in the previous 18 under Ismael. Forest edged the first half and had a few goals ruled out for offside, with Barnsley edging the second half in what was overall a very evenly matched game.

Barnsley made two changes from the midweek game against Cardiff with Herbie Kane and Conor Chaplin replacing Adeboyejo who dropped to the bench and Romal Palmer who picked up an injury during the week.

Barnsley started brightly and looked to put Forest on the back foot from the off pressing high and forcing an early opportunity to get bodies forward winning a throw high up the pitch but no real chances came from the early Barnsley pressure.

It was, in fact, the home side that had the first chance of the game, Grabban got in behind as he beat the offside trap and he raced through on goal despite the appeals by the Barnsley defence for offside. The striker lacked the composure needed to beat Collins and he fired his shot wide under some pressure from the covering Toby Sibbick. It was a real let-off for the away side.

Soon after this Barnsley themselves had a good chance to go ahead. A cross into the box was flicked on and it found its way to Helik on the back post, he got his shot away which was saved but appeared to be pulled down in the process. The replay showed he was clearly impeded and probably should have been a penalty but the ref awarded a corner.

Forest again were thankful for the ref soon after when Dom Freiser appeared to steal the ball from Worrall at the back but the ref awarded a free-kick with a host of Barnsley players queuing up in the middle for a simple cut back.

After those two let-offs for Forest, the home side then took control of the game and were much the better side until the half time whistle. Ameobi was the first to try his luck for the home side but his strike from the edge of the box went narrowly wide after a good Forest move.

A moment later came the best chance of the half and its one that really should have been taken. The home side countered following a Barnsley free-kick and found themselves in a 2v1 situation. Knockaert was through but he opted to square the ball to Grabban who tapped into the empty net.

Grabban though had drifted offside and the goal was rightly ruled out. Not sure if Grabban expected the pass or if it was just poor play from him but either way it was a huge let-off for the Barnsley defence.

That was the last major action of a fairly poor opening half. Forest edged the opening 45 and certainly had the best chances but overall was not the best half of football you will ever see.

Half Time – Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley 

Barnsley came out much better at the start of the second half which was needed after their flat end to the first and had the first sight of goal in the second period when Callum Brittain bombed forward before striking wide from the edge of the box.

Ismael turned to his bench early in the second half as he looked to add more muscle up top bringing on Carlton Morris and Adeboyejo for Chaplin and Freiser. The latter was soon involved as his knockdown found Woodrow who controlled before going down in the box. He appealed for a penalty but again nothing was given.

Having seen a reply there was clear contact on the striker but the ball had run away from him a bit and his chance to shoot had gone well before the challenge came in. Have seen them given in the past but much less clear-cut than the one in the first half.

Samba was forced into a save soon after when the ball broke to Herbie Kane on the edge of the area and his left-footed strike had to be tipped over the bar acrobatically by the keeper.

Barnsley then carved out their best chance of the game so far and it fell to the one man they would have wanted it to fall to, top scorer Cauley Woodrow. The striker was picked out by a lovely Brittain cross from the right-hand side. Woodrow headed it down into the ground but his effort was too central and was easily saved, a player of his quality should have done better.

Forest had a similar chance soon after when Ameobi was picked out and just like Woodrow at the other end his header was weak and straight at the keeper for an easy save.

The game fizzled out after the Ameobi chance and neither looked like scoring in the end. Barnsley pushed very late on for a winner with a series of corners right at the death but were unable to create a clear chance. A draw overall the fair result with Forest having the better of the first half and Barnsley the better in the second.

Full Time – Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley 

MOTM – Mads Andersen – another strong performance at the back for the big Dane who was a big part of the clean sheet.

Not a great game and not a great performance by either side but a clean sheet will be welcomed by Ismael after not keeping a clean sheet in the league in a long time. The result sees Forest slip a place to 21st while Barnsley remains in 12th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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