Barnsley vs. Forest preview..

It seems sooo long since we’ve played – and the reward for our patience is a trip to Oakwell on Saturday to face the challenge of the Tykes. ┬áThe Reds are unbeaten in nine, but there’s been an awful lot of draws in there, our hosts have a decent home record – although their last game was at Oakwell and was a defeat at the hands of Cardiff.

Earnie is unlikely to return to the squad – still nursing his thigh injury, but there’s been no reported problems for our international trio of Bertrand, Gunter and Majewski – Raddy coming back a bit later than the others, so will require a check upon his return from a transatlantic adventure with Poland.

As for our hosts, they have internationals returning too – Trippier is back from action with Romania with no problem, Chris Wood is a late arrival like Raddy. ┬áTheir only injury doubt is the spectacularly named striker Jeronimo Neumann. ┬áTrippier and Jeronimo – we can’t compete with player names like that!

Anyone who made a March trip to Oakwell last season will recall a fairly uninspiring game which the Tykes won thanks to two Bogdanovic strikes (and the hapless Kevin Friend for disallowing a late Earnie equaliser!). ┬áBogdanovic of course has moved on, but former Reds forward Andy Gray may well feature so there’s someone to look out for.

Ultimately Barnsley are a decent team – but not on a great run, their last four games haven’t brought a win. ┬áForest are a decent team on a mediocre run which we can tart up as unbeaten – but there’s too many draws in there. ┬áIt will be fascinating to see how the two week break impacts on both these runs.. you’d like to think that Forest could get the points, but I think that most weeks!

A couple of non-preview bits worthy of mention too – commiserations to the family and friends of Eddie Baily, a former Forest player who passed away yesterday in London at the age of 85. ┬áAn inside forward who won the league with Spurs in the early 50s before moving on to Forest via Port Vale. ┬áRest in peace, fella.

And on a lighter note – those of you heading to The Approach in November to see Crossley, Robertson and Sheridan can start your night with an absolute bargain – present your ticket to the evening at The Cross Keys and you can claim two main meals or gourmet burgers for the price of one. ┬áSo eat in style then watch two of the most popular ‘Evening With’ guests (and the bonus of John Sheridan!).

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