Barnsley 2-0 Nottingham Forest (EFL Championship) 21.11.20
Two goals in quick succession inside the final five minutes consigned Forest to defeat, their sixth loss of the season, away to Barnsley in the EFL Championship this afternoon.
Forest made the trip over to South Yorkshire this afternoon, hoping to eradicate the feelings of their last two visits. Twice in the past six month the Tricky Trees have visited Oakwell, and on both occasions suffered 1-0 defeats (league at the end of last season, cup at the beginning of this) – mind, these were before the Chris Hughton days, so could he fare any better against Valerien Ismael’s side.
Hughton made two changes to the starting line-up from the one pre-international break that saw off Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 at the City Ground earlier this month, Ryan Yates and Joe Lolley coming in, whilst there were places on the bench for Harry Arter, Gaeten Bong, Cafu, and Nicolas Ioannou, the Forest boss starting with a 4-4-2 formation.
As there was just two points splitting Blackburn in twelfth, and Forest in twentieth, prior to kick-off, Barnsley sitting in sixteenth, both sides started with their top scorers to date, Cauley Woodrow and Lyle Taylor with four apiece this season.
The hosts have most opportunities amidst visiting possession in the opener quarter of the game, Cauley Woodrow first hitting the crossbar from distance after 12 minutes, then, a few minutes later, Conor Chaplin repeated the feat from the edge of the box, Brice Samba, in the Forest goal, beaten on both occasions.
The visitors first real attempt on goal arrived in the 18th minute from Miguel Guerrero, the Forest number 19 seeing his shot from a tight angle saved low down from home ‘keeper, Jack Walton, before Anthony Knockaert but number 23, Joe Lolley through on goal, his effort from six yards out, blocked; chances now arriving thick and fast for both sides as they probed for the breakthrough.
Late in the first the visitors would again find a route through to goal, only to be thwarted at the last, first Knockaert would try his luck, the Forest number 28 seeing his effort blocked in the centre of the box, before Guerrero, this time off a through-ball from Lolley, would strike towards goal, only to be saved by Walton.
The half ended with the visitors in the ascendency, birthday boy Ryan Yates being caught offside when put through by Knockaert, before Lolley again tried for goal from the edge of the box with a left-footed shot which flies past the post from a well-worked corner.
After some back-and-forth play, Forest take the first chance of the second period, but again the offside trap is un-sprung, hot-shot Lyle Taylor being caught when put through by Yates early on before a goal-bound header from Dominik Frieser goas agonisingly wide following a home attack led by Callum Styles.
Both sides continue to create chances throughout the second period, Callum Brittain sending an effort high for the hosts whilst a header from Taylor is saved at the opposite end, the game looking very much like it could have 1-0 all over it – again!
A brace of substitutions just past the hour park sees the latter of them, Herbie Kane, create another opportunity but his effort, from a direct free-kick, following a foul by Forest captain, Jack Colback, sails over the left upright whilst another effort from Brittain is blocked as the game heads into the final quarter.
Hughton’s first roll of the dice would see him bring on Luke Freeman, with a little under twenty remaining, in place of Miguel Guerrero; it nearly paid instant dividends as we’ll. First the Forest number 15 set-up Christie, then minutes later saw an effort of his own, from the edge of the box, go begging, whilst Lolley also has an effort on goal, to no avail.
For all the attempts, both sides really, mustered, it would be the hosts who’d finally crack the deadlock with five minutes left, and with two goals in quick succession.
Cauley Woodrow first put Callum Styles through and his left-footed effort flew into the top right-hand corner, then, moments later, Woodrow registered himself with an effort that flew into the bottom corner for his fifth of the season, and the hosts second of the game, Forest ‘keeper, Brice Samba, going into referee Woolmer’s notebook in-between time
Barnsley: Walton, Anderson, Helik, Sollbauer, Brittain (Williams, 90+2), Styles, James (Kane, 62), Mowatt © (Odour, 82), Frieser (Thomas, 62), Woodrow, Chaplin (Adeboyejo, 81).
Nottingham Forest: Samba, Christie, Figueiredo, McKenna, Ribeiro, Yates, Colback ©, Lolley, Knockaert, Guerrero (Freeman, 72), Taylor.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @BarnsleyFC Cauley Woodrow goes close on a day he would score for the home side.