Barnsley 1-3 Nottingham Forest

Last updated : 30 September 2021 By Rob Miles

Barnsley lost a game they had opened the scoring in for the first time in 22 months as they fell to within goal-difference of the relegation zone.

Cauley Woodrow had given the Reds the lead from the spot but for the first time in 44 games when scoring the first goal they ended up losing the game (W36 D7 L1), with this last happening at Cardiff in December 2019.

Whilst it is the first time they have lost at Oakwell when opening the scoring for exactly two years to the day. They lost 3-1 to Brentford on Sky after a Woodrow opener on the 29th September 2019 and have now lost 3-1 to Nottingham Forest on Sky after a Woodrow opener on the 29th September 2021.

It is the first time they have lost a match in which they were leading at half-time since the final League One game of 2018-2019 at Bristol Rovers.

Whilst it is the first time they have lost a match at Oakwell when leading at half time since January 2018 against Fulham (also 3-1)

The Reds conceded three goals at home for the first time since December 2020 when they lost 4-0 to Bournemouth whereas this is the first time they have conceded three second half goals at home since the aforementioned Fulham match.

As mentioned before Woodrow had given the Reds the lead with his 52nd goal for the club, with this the 12th penalty he has scored for Barnsley (23% of his goals for the club have come from the spot)

It was also his 12th successive successful penalty, the joint best run by any Barnsley player in the club’s history along with Ernie Hine who netted 12 successive penalties between 1922 and 1923.

New Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper secured his first win in charge of the Midlanders – he was the ONLY manager to secure a league double over Barnsley in 2020-2021 as Swansea boss and went on to beat them three times as they met in the play-offs.

Markus Schopp meanwhile is the first Barnsley manager to win only one of his first ten league games in charge (W1 D5 L4) since Danny Wilson’s second spell in charge in 2013 started with one win in 10 (W1 D5 L4)  

He and the Reds have won only one of their first 11 games in all competitions, their worst start since winning only one of the first 19 in 2019-2020.

This defeat ended a run of four unbeaten meetings for the Reds against Forest which included three wins.

It also ended a four game winning streak against Forest at Oakwell.

Remarkably Forest’s last three wins at Oakwell have seen them score four, five and three goals. They have scored only once in the five visits in-between those three victories.

Forest had seven shots on target, the most by a visitor to Oakwell since Rotherham in April (also 7)

They won six corners, the most by an opponent at Oakwell since Rotherham (9)


Barnsley Team:

40. Brad Collins

15. Jasper Moon

30. Michal Helik

5. Liam Kitching

7. Callum Brittain

21. Romal Palmer

4. Callum Styles

2. Jordan Williams

28. Dominik Frieser

22. Clarke Oduor

9. Cauley Woodrow


29. Victor Adeboyejo (for Frieser 65)

11. Aaron Leya Iseka (for Palmer 72)

17. Claudio Gomes (for Oduor 80)

Unused Substitutes:

1. Jack Walton, 3. Ben Williams, 20. Toby Sibbick.


Nottingham Forest Team:

30. Brice Samba

4. Joe Worrall

3. Tobias Figueiredo

26. Scott McKenna

2. Djed Spence

22. Ryan Yates

37. James Garner

15. Max Lowe

20. Brennan Johnson

23. Joe Lolley

11. Philip Zinckernagel


7. Lewis Grabban (for Figueiredo 60)

8. Jack Colback (for Garner 71)

17. Alex Mighten (for Lolley 75)

Unused Substitutes:

1. Ethan Horvath, 10. Joao Carvalho, 13. Gaetan Bong, 33. Lyle Taylor.


Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper said:

"In the first half we were disappointed to go 1-0 down, maybe we didn't do enough to score, but we got in some really good positions. We certainly didn't deserve to be losing.

"The challenge in the second half was to keep going, but to be more productive and more clinical and that's what we did.

"They were three brilliant goals and what pleased me was the amount of players we got up the pitch and then the decision-making and making sure we score.

"Any win in this league is hard-fought, is deserved, and we were more than good for it tonight."


Match Reports:

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Sky Bet Championship results


Cardiff City (18th) 0-4 West Bromwich Albion 1st)

                                   Grant 5

                                   Nelson og 56

                                   Mowatt 75

                                   Phillips 82

Huddersfield Town (7th) 3-2 Blackburn Rovers (6th)

Vallejo Minguez 36

                                            Brereton Diaz 57

Ward 60

                                            Brereton Diaz pen 65

Ward 84

Hull City (23rd) 1-1 Blackpool (16th)

                               Lavery 42

Eaves 84

Middlesbrough (12th) 2-0 Sheffield United (13th)

Watmore 9

McNair 37

Preston North End (17th) 1-1 Stoke City (5th)

                                               Powell 6

Whiteman 38

Queens Park Rangers (8th) 2-0 Birmingham City (15th)

Chair 34

Chair 64



BARNSLEY (21st) 1-3 Nottingham Forest (20th)

Woodrow pen 20

                                     Zinckernagel 61

                                    Johnson 68

                                    Grabban 81

Derby County (24th) 1-0 Reading (11th)

Forsyth 33

Fulham (3rd) 3-1 Swansea City (19th)

Mitrovic 12

Mitrovic 32

                            Paterson 38

Mitrovic 45

Luton Town (9th) 5-0 Coventry City (4th)

Adebayo pen 3

Cornick 18

Berry 30

Adebayo 45+7

Cornick 58

Millwall (14th) 1-0 Bristol City (10th)

Wallace pen 64

Peterborough United (22nd) 0-0 AFC Bournemouth (2nd)


Barnsley lie in 21st place in the Sky Bet Championship with 8 points from 10 games. We are 8 points off the Play-Offs, 14 points off the Automatic Promotion Places, 14 points off First Place and Goal Difference above the Relegation Zone.

Up to 30/9/21


Next Up:

At Oakwell:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Ten: Barnsley v Millwall, Saturday 2nd October 2021. Kick-Off: 3pm

On The Road:

Sky Bet Championship Matchday Twelve: Reading v Barnsley, Saturday 16th October 2021. Kick-Off: 3pm