Nott'm Forest 0 - 0 Barnsley
Barnsley frustrated new Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren to earn a deserved point in an uninspiring draw.
Forest had plenty of possession but created little - particularly in a tedious opening half.
The Tykes threatened sporadically thanks to the pace of Danny Haynes and Craig Davies and the latter wasted their best chance when he headed wide.
The hosts improved after the break, Lewis McGugan firing wide and seeing a shot blocked but Barnsley survived.
And Barnsley - also playing under a new manager in Keith Hill - were good value for their point despite Forest's slight improvement after the interval.
McClaren's men passed the ball well enough but, apart from a promising five-minute spell before the break and a couple of periods of pressure in the second half, they barely looked like scoring.
Veteran midfielder George Boateng provided a decent platform sitting in the centre of the midfield and fellow new signings Jonathan Greening and Andy Reid showed glimpses of their undoubted guile and creativity.
But David McGoldrick was almost anonymous up front and their lack of a cutting edge was glaringly obvious.
Hill's side were happy to surrender possession and in Haynes and the excellent Davies, they had the attacking threat Forest so missed and the best two attacking players on the pitch.
Davies should have headed them in front from Jacob Butterfield's inviting free-kick but was unable to get control of his effort and headed wastefully over from six yards.
Forest whose only half-decent strike towards goal before the interval saw McGugan shoot wildly over, had not scored on the opening day of the season since 2006 when Julian Bennett grabbed the winner against Bradford City .
Thankfully, as uneventful a first half of Championship football likely to be seen during the entire season improved on the turnaround but the excitement was still relatively low-key.
McGugan almost broke the deadlock but he bobbled his effort just wide of the left-hand post following some neat build-up play involving Paul Anderson on the right.
At the other end Nathan Doyle looked certain to head the visitors in front when he burst into the penalty area but Chris Cohen did brilliantly to ease the midfielder out of the way and he failed to connect with a teasing centre.
Davies also tested home goalkeeper Lee Camp in the second period after a good solo run but the visitors settled for a point as Forest pressed forward in the closing stages.
- 01 Camp
- 04 Chambers
- 05 Morgan Booked
- 15 Cohen
- 16 Gunter
- 06 Boateng
- 07 Anderson
- 10 McGugan
- 11 Reid (Majewski - 72' )
- 14 Greening
- 17 McGoldrick (Garner - 55' )
- 21 Smith
- 33 Lynch
- 28 Majewski
- 18 Garner
- 20 Tudgay
- 01 Steele
- 03 McEveley Booked
- 04 Edwards Booked
- 06 Foster
- 14 Wiseman
- 17 Addison
- 05 Doyle
- 11 Perkins
- 19 Butterfield (Vaz Te - 88' )
- 07 Haynes
- 09 Davies (O'Brien - 79' )
- 12 Preece
- 02 Hassell
- 15 McNulty
- 08 O'Brien
- 18 Vaz Te
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +1:58
Jonathan Greening concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Vaz Te. Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.89:53
Foul by David Perkins on Paul Anderson, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Cohen, Luke Steele makes a save.88:14
Stephen Foster challenges Joe Garner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lewis McGugan crosses the ball in from the free kick.87:28 Substitution
Substitution Ricardo Vaz Te comes on in place of Jacob Butterfield.87:17
George Boateng sends in a cross.86:43
Chris Cohen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Luke Steele.86:34
The ball is crossed by Lewis McGugan, David Perkins gets a block in.85:57
The ball is delivered by Chris Gunter, clearance by Stephen Foster.85:27
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Garner by Miles Addison. Chris Cohen takes the direct free kick.83:54
Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a comfortable save.83:01
Centre by David Perkins.80:39
Nathan Doyle takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.79:22
George Boateng challenges Jim O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jay McEveley.79:01
A cross is delivered by Lewis McGugan, Luke Steele makes a comfortable save.78:01 Substitution
Substitution (Barnsley) makes a substitution, with Jim O'Brien coming on for Craig Davies.77:36
Wes Morgan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.77:07
Chris Cohen decides to take the corner short.76:26
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen, clearance made by Miles Addison.75:23
Jay McEveley challenges Chris Gunter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Cohen from right wing, clearance by Craig Davies.
Foul by Nathan Doyle on George Boateng, free kick awarded. Luke Chambers restarts play with the free kick.74:31
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Davies on Wes Morgan. Free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.74:00
Chris Cohen sends in a cross.71:38
Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.71:38 Substitution
Substitution Radoslaw Majewski replaces Andy Reid.71:38
Lewis McGugan is ruled offside.71:04
Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid, Stephen Foster manages to make a clearance.70:38
Lewis McGugan takes a shot. Miles Addison gets a block in.70:17
Craig Davies crosses the ball, save by Lee Camp.68:45
Unfair challenge on David Perkins by Jonathan Greening results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Craig Davies from the free kick.68:36
A cross is delivered by Scott Wiseman, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.67:57
Danny Haynes takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Gunter.67:14
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Wiseman on Joe Garner. Lewis McGugan crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Stephen Foster.65:59
Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid, Header from close in by Wes Morgan misses to the left of the target.63:54
Paul Anderson sends in a cross.61:56
Andy Reid crosses the ball, Foul by Joe Garner on Rob Edwards, free kick awarded. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.61:45
Chris Cohen sends in a cross, Rob Edwards makes a clearance.61:06
The ball is sent over by Craig Davies, Close range headed effort by Nathan Doyle misses to the right of the target.58:22
Inswinging corner taken by Lewis McGugan.57:32
Miles Addison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Garner. Strike comes in from Lewis McGugan from the free kick, Miles Addison gets a block in.55:31
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Perkins from the right by-line, Lee Camp makes a save.55:22
The ball is delivered by Craig Davies.54:41 Substitution
Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with Joe Garner coming on for David McGoldrick.54:10
Danny Haynes produces a cross, Lee Camp makes a comfortable save.51:30
Corner taken by David Perkins, Close range headed effort by Craig Davies goes wide of the left-hand upright.51:10
The ball is sent over by Craig Davies, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.48:50
Shot from outside the area by David Perkins misses to the left of the goal.48:10
Andy Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Wiseman. Luke Steele takes the free kick.46:53
Lewis McGugan has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.46:41
Andy Reid takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.45:02
Free kick awarded for a foul by George Boateng on Craig Davies. Free kick taken by Jacob Butterfield.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +2:01 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.44:25
Jacob Butterfield fouled by George Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jay McEveley.39:50
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lewis McGugan from the left by-line, Stephen Foster makes a clearance.38:42
The ball is delivered by Lewis McGugan, save by Luke Steele.36:38
Danny Haynes is ruled offside. Wes Morgan restarts play with the free kick.35:41
Free kick crossed right-footed by Jacob Butterfield from left wing, David McGoldrick manages to make a clearance.35:41 Booking
Booking The referee shows Wes Morgan a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.35:14
Wes Morgan challenges Craig Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick.34:50
The ball is swung over by Lewis McGugan, save by Luke Steele.30:41
Shot from just outside the area by Lewis McGugan misses to the right of the target.28:28
Miles Addison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Greening. Strike comes in from Lewis McGugan from the free kick.27:29
Centre by Andy Reid, Close range header by Wes Morgan misses to the right of the goal.26:17
Free kick crossed right-footed by Lewis McGugan, Danny Haynes manages to make a clearance.26:17 Booking
Booking Rob Edwards goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.26:03
Foul by Rob Edwards on David McGoldrick, free kick awarded.24:54
The ball is swung over by Paul Anderson, save made by Luke Steele.23:24
Chris Cohen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Perkins. Jacob Butterfield takes the direct free kick.22:11
Danny Haynes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.21:42
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jacob Butterfield, clearance made by David McGoldrick.21:26
Danny Haynes produces a cross, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.20:18
David McGoldrick challenges David Perkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rob Edwards takes the direct free kick.19:44
Miles Addison challenges Andy Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.17:32
George Boateng handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Luke Steele takes the free kick.15:13
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Reid on David Perkins. Jacob Butterfield delivers the ball, Craig Davies produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.13:49
Wes Morgan fouled by Craig Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wes Morgan.12:25
Danny Haynes sends in a cross.11:13
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jacob Butterfield on Chris Cohen. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andy Reid from right wing.10:54
Chris Cohen produces a cross, clearance by Rob Edwards.8:41
Chris Cohen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Perkins. Direct free kick taken by Scott Wiseman.6:22
Andy Reid has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.6:22 Booking
Booking Jay McEveley is cautioned.5:59
Jay McEveley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Anderson.5:39
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Reid by David Perkins. Andy Reid takes the direct free kick.3:54
Craig Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Wes Morgan. Wes Morgan restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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