Barnsley vs. Forest preview..

“Young man! There’s no need to feel down!”

Ah, Barnsley.  That place we can never seem to get a win!  My first away trip to watch Forest in the league was to Oakwell, I think we lost 1-0 – my abiding memory of the day were the home fans singing the Hovis song to us interspersed with yells of ‘Scabs’.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen us get three points up there.

The only other thing of note I can think of was their club crest always inexplicably reminds me of The Village People.  I do think it could be greatly enhanced by the inclusion of a Red Indian Chief, a Motorbike Cop and a Cowboy.

Barnsley are 17th in the table, and on paper you’d fancy your chances on a trip to play them – but of course, we’ve got our record there to consider too.  With Ayala likely to miss out due to a hamstring injury our defence will be reshuffled – Hutchinson is still injured so it seems likely Moloney will come in and Halford will move to central defence.

Sean O’Driscoll did hint at the possibility of loaning in another defender to try to cover the lack of numbers at the back, although he’ll need to get a wriggle on to do so in time for the match.  Adlene Guedioura is unavailable in midfield as he completes his latest suspension.  The home side are looking short on firepower up front – Craig Davies is injured and Mido is unfit, and manager Keith Hill is hoping to bolster his strikeforce before the game with a signing.

Forest are unbeaten in a few games now – four to be precise.  In our last six we’ve won two, drawn two and lost the latter two.   Barnsley are unbeaten in their last two games but did taste defeat in both games before that.  Their last game at home was a decent point against Palace on Tuesday night – their home game prior to that saw them lose to struggling Peterborough.

The biggest stumbling block for this game for us might be the man in the middle – remember Kevin Friend anyone?  I was wondering why his name was lodged in my mind – he once disallowed a perfectly good Earnie goal for us against, of all people, Barnsley at Oakwell – but the main cause of consternation was his part in that horrific trip to Oldham where we lost 5-0.  Admittedly he wasn’t to blame for how awful we were – but he did send off Sammy Clingan for no reason at all!

Not that I hold a grudge or anything, you understand.

On paper, definitely winnable.  In practice?  Well it’s always more complicated than that isn’t it?  I’m hoping as ever for us to approach the game positively and play to our strengths which seems to be the case more often now we’re building a decent run of results and the resultant confidence that goes with that, but the Tykes are going to prove awkward opponents nonetheless.

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17 Responses

  1. Poor. The club crest in your blog represents Barnsley being a mining town, hence two miners. Take a look on http://www.barnsleyfc.co.uk for the new club crest, you’re 10 years behind pal.

  2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2012/oct/25/dougie-freedman-bolton-modern-football

    In other, slightly Forest related news, agree with this article entirely. Dougie really seemed to be forging a good side, sad that he’s gone to chase the money in a footballing wilderness.

  3. Ahh!! Mining and arfa scarface who is due back in the High Court soon for improper use of NUM funds allegedly………scabs an’ all that.

    Hear we go again……and we are accused “of living in the past” but that wasn’t the village people it was Jethro Tull who invented?

    Answers on a postcard.

  4. Pembo is back…….breaking news!!!!

  5. The last Forest win at Oakwell was a Bart-Williams inspired 4-3 victory back in the Platt days, I think. That was a cracking match. Made the walk back to the train station all the more interesting. Been a few draws since then but mostly defeats. Time to set that straight, I reckon. Not entirely convinced by Halford as a centre back, I must admit. Likely to be up against a lumbering/bustling Marlon Harewood so will need to tough it out.
    I predict a 3-1 victory for Forest as the team fully clicks and Raddy cements a blossoming understanding with Billy Sharp, who will be wanting to impress back in his home county. I fancy a recalled Dexter will be amongst the goals too.

  6. […] opportunity to continue our good run of form and push on towards the play-off zone, but the TTSBU match preview does remind us that Oakwell is a ground we rarely prosper […]

  7. Sharp is beginning…to dare I say it, sharp!!!

  8. Sharp’s looking sharp

  9. Welcomer to Elliot Ward…..wmd tried to sign him when he was at coventry and he went to naaarich instead.

    • Yes welcome. Refreshing for the club’s new owners to act in such a swift and positive manner when its obvious we need some defensive cover. So unaccustomed to this after years of the f*cking Acquisitions Committee!

      However I hope Hutchinson makes a full recovery. Seems unlikely he will play for Forest again now which is sad as he looked a real prospect/

  10. We need to win here we have a very strong side now lets be strong Forest.

    U reds

  11. […] Red, il suo primo gol da professionista. Straordinario, però, nel prepartita, anche il pezzo di Through the season before us nel quale l’Autore dice che il crest del Barnsley gli ha sempre ricordato i Village People. […]

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