Friday 25th November 2016
SkyBet EFL Championship
at Oakwell, Barnsley
Barnsley (2) 2
Sam Winnall 5, Marley Watkins 14
Nottingham Forest (3) 5
Henri Lansbury 13, 45+, 82 pen
Apostolos Vellios 24, Ben Osborn 63
Admission £10. Programme £3. Attendance 13,180
Photos courtesy of Dan Westwell, thanks pal!
Davies, Bree, Roberts, Jackson, Yiadom, Hammill, Hourihane (C), Scowen, Watkins, Winnall, Armstrong
Subs - Kent MacDonald, Morsy, Janko, Bradshaw, Williams
Stojkovic, Mills, Perquis, Worrall, Mancienne, Kasami, Lansbury (C), Lam, Fox, Osborn, Vellios.
Subs - Henderson, Bendtner, Carayol, Lica, Vaughan, Grant, Cash
Well it would be rude not to, so I quickly chucked on as many layers of clothing as possible and we were on our way.
The spare in question was a £10 ticket, sat with the locals, near the press area, while the visiting supporters, were being charged full price of £28 to sit in their allocated end.
I am a neutral and Carl isn't the sort of person to draw attention to himself, so there shouldn't have been a problem sitting among the home supporters.
Apparently the Forest fans didn't require taxis to get home.
At least I think they were saying "Don't call us cabs!"
Barnsley's full back James Bree, making his fiftieth appearance for the Oakwell side, made an overlapping run down the wing, taking the ball from Marley Watkins and delivered a cross for Sam Winnall, who powered home a header after just six minutes to give the home side an early lead.
But Forest were on level terms before long when Henri Lansbury found the back of the net from a twenty five yards, with a low drive that skimmed along the wet pitch and settled in the bottom right hand corner of the goal with Adam Davies at full stretch, after he'd rolled an indirect free kick forward a few feet to Kasami, who steadied the ball for Lansbury to unleash his unstoppable, precision finish.
Wow! At this rate the game was going to end up six or seven apiece, with the combination of two elements warming the crowd on a bitterly cold night: text book crossing of the ball and slapstick comedy defending.
Right on the stroke of half time, the visitors were in front from yet another quality wide delivery, this time from Osborn, which was well met by Lansbury, who got across Andy Yiadom, stooped and glanced a well placed header that dipped over Marc Roberts and past Davies to net the visitors third goal of the night.
HT: Tykes 2 v Forest 3
This is only the second time I have watched Philippe Montanier's Forest side play this season, having previously seen them at the City Ground against Birmingham City.
As we stood queuing for a warm drink at half time, "How much!? It's a tea bag and some hot water!", Carl turned to me and said: "You'll have to come and watch Forest with me often, we always play well when you're here!"
The second half was nowhere near as hectic as the first, possibly because both defences had been given a dressing down and reminder of what playing in their chosen position actually entails during the interval.
Forest had a let off when Winnall diverted a free header wide of the left hand post, from Watkins cross.
Forest have only just won their only away game of the season, a two nil victory at Ipswich Town on Saturday, with Britt Assombalonga, who wasn't even available tonight, scoring twice, but even though they showed a lot of vulnerability at the back tonight, they were now well on the way to another three points on the road, that would see them leapfrog over Barnsley in the table into sixteenth place. While the Tykes resigned themselves to a seventh consecutive home game without a win.
With eight minutes to go, Forest's second half substitute, Matty Cash, was running away from the Barnsley goal, when he went down under a shoulder charge yfrom Josh Scowan, who had blatantly collided with him on purpose, just inside the home side's penalty area.
It was a completely unnecessary challenge and yet another incident that outlined the Tykes obvious disappointment; but that was of no concern to Lansbury, who emphatically put the ball away from the resulting spot kick, before celebrating in front of the travelling supporters.
Forest were home and dry, Barnsley were down and out and the visiting fans sang their heroes across the finishing line. Game over.
FT: Barnsley 2 v Nottingham Forest 5