Barnsley vs. Forest preview..

If I’m brutally honest, a third win on the bounce seems an unlikely proposition – and a trip to virtual bogey-side Barnsley perhaps seems to corroborate by reluctance to express too much optimism.  Then again, with no disrespect to our Yorkshire hosts, this trip provides a theoretically smaller challenge than our last away trip – so I am at least open to the prospect of being surprised again!

Hopefully with two wins under their belt against Coventry and Birmingham the Reds will travel in confident mood.  With four defeats in the last five, Keith Hill’s Tykes might be less so – although they are capable of turning over impressive results – just ask Reading, Leeds or Leicester.  Certainly not a game to be taken lightly, and I’m struggling to remember ever going to Oakwell and leaving happy!

On the injury front it’s Danny Higginbotham who is our major concern.  The loan man limped out of action at Birmingham with a hamstring problem, although he was of course ably deputised by Joel Lynch.  The extent of the injury hasn’t really been clarified very much, although Steve Cotterill seems to rate him at around 50:50. Robbie Findley, in the meantime, has returned to training.

Majewski and McGoldrick are suddenly inclusions on the injury list (which personally I think is suspicious – echoes of Kelvin Wilson and his indefinite ‘back injury’?  Or maybe I need to learn to trust against.)  Also sidelined are Ishmael Miller, Marlon Harewood, Matt Derbyshire (another suspicious one) and Brendan Moloney.  And Chris Cohen, of course.

The other thing Mr Cotterill needs to consider is the international games that some of our players have undergone.  Whilst home games for Lee Camp and Chris Gunter shouldn’t have proven too much of a strain, Adlene Guerdioura and Dexter Blackstock have been much further afield representing Algeria and Antigua & Barbuda respectively.

Our hosts will be missing David Perkins and Bobby Hassell – but could well hand a home debut to Stephen Dawson who recently arrived at Oakwell from Leyton Orient.  Perhaps the most significant non-Forest member of personnel though is the referee.  I’m afraid it’s Darren Deadman again – perhaps the most incompetent referee I’ve ever had the displeasure to witness (and let’s face it, that’s quite an accolade in that particular pool of ‘talent’!).

We started our season against the Tykes, of course, which was a fairly limp goalless draw.  Since that point obviously – like most of the league – Barnsley have had a better time of it than we have.  Cautious optimism is the watchword here for me – whilst our hosts are not to be underestimated I do hope to see us continue the recent positive play and attitude and come back from Yorkshire with a result.

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  1. Our record for games with Deadman isn’t dreadful though. I think it’s P5 D3 W1 L1 with the loss being the 0-4 against Leeds; he could have been a ‘homer’ and we would have still have lost that game! I note from his stats that he does like his cards. Players take note to keep elbows down when jumping!

    Going to Barnsley has to be one of my least enjoyable memories and it’s not a happy hunting ground but in this tipsy turvey season who knows. We are playing well and at the moment getting the breaks so let’s hope it continues. I’ll settle for a point right now if I could though!

    Great article this week by Paul Taylor regarding the atmosphere at the City Ground. He was spot on but it’s always been that way even in our halcyon days in the late 70s and early 80s. Nevertheless something for everyone to ponder on Tuesday night!

  2. I too suspect Majewski & McGoldrick are
    on the invisible injury list.
    Interesting to note that Barnsley’s last 2
    defeats have been against B’ham & Coventry,
    so if there is such a thing as a form line to
    follow, we must be a chance against the
    Clearly they are a bogey side for the Reds
    but last week’s solid outing suggests that
    a somewhat balanced side was picked ( allelujah!!! ).
    A winnable game looms for Forest so
    fingers crossed the renaissance continues.

  3. If we shake a leg I think we can beat them we MUST be on the front foot damn friendlies make me angry.

    Lets face it every game is a cup final from now to the end of the season if the players cant see that then they need shooting .

    I think the team spirit has returned and we seem to be up for the fight but its still going to be touch and go regards relegation.Its a massive 10 days for the club come on Forest lets show some balls again.

    U reds

  4. Before the Brum game I would have taken a total 2 point return from the next 2 away games. As it stands we are a point up already, so provided we put in another good performance this weekend I won’t be disappointed. Of course anything better & I will absolutely delighted with 2 home must wins coming up.

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  6. Next ten days will tell us so much about how the season is going to pan out going forward. To be fair I’d written the manager off a couple of weeks ago, but maybe I was a little premature as he may well have started to turn the listing ship around. As much as I will give Billy credit for his time in charge, both Billy and that bufoon with the dodgy Dutch accent, left us with a very un-balanced squad and a significant amount of baggage!!!

  7. Hard to tell yet whether last week was a flash in the pan or a sign that SC might have more in his locker than we’ve so far had reason to believe. I know what the odds say but I’m feeling more optimistic now than I have done for many months. Let’s hope he keeps it simple again: our best players in their best positions.

  8. Same side as Birmingham game should pick up the points. Whether he likes it or not Dex will still have some jetlag effects. I know as i’ve done it enough times Carribean to Europe.
    The on loan players know nothing about bogey teams,and with Barnsleys 6 players out I expect a win !.
    The pressure on the lads will be the 2 home games where I will be happy with 3 points from those 2.
    Come on You Reds !!!!

  9. The last time I remember a win there was a 4-3 thriller with Bart-Williams excelling in his libero role. That was about ten years ago! Let’s be greedy and go there determined for three points and put some real daylight between us and the bottom three. Fancy us to nick it by the odd goal again 2-1.

  10. Not going tomorrow but for all those that are, make the atmosphere just like it was at st Andrews.

    Was there for the 4-3 years ago, cured one of the worst hangovers I’ve had, they had woan, shipperly, I think possibly chettle with Harry Bassett in charge so certainly didn’t expect the win that day. Remember a steward lost it that day, ended up being restrained and then ejected by his colleagues!

    Anyway, more of the same support wise and we’ll ram their ‘scab’ chants down their throats.

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