Dale Jennings' first goal for Barnsley was enough to earn all three points against Nottingham Forest and move the Tykes off the foot of the table.

The midfielder, who signed from Bayern Munich last summer, scored with a well-struck shot early in the second half.

Djamel Abdoun hit a post for Forest in the first half, while Jamie Mackie headed wide from close range.

Defeat for Billy Davies' side was their third in succession, having previously lost against Burnley and Wigan.

Manager Davies was forced to watch from the stands due to a five-match touchline ban for abusing a referee.

His opposite number Danny Wilson, guided his team to a fifth game without defeat at home and they remain two points away from safety.

They took control of this game early, though. Jennings threatened to open the scoring in the sixth minute but goalkeeper Karl Darlow was equal to his long-range attempt.

At the other end, Abdoun struck the foot of a post with a 25-yard half volley and then crossed to Mackie, who should have scored with a free header.

The deadlock was broken shortly after the break when Jennings cut in from the left and drove the ball past the outstretched arm of Darlow.

Jamie Paterson twice came close to bringing the visitors back onto level terms but shot narrowly wide from distance before heading straight at Tykes goalkeeper Luke Steele.

The hosts had their backs against the wall as the game reached its climax and Steele did well to save Abdoun's curling free-kick in injury time.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson: "At the end, when they're throwing everything at us, we had to defend resolutely and I think everybody did, not just the back four.

"We didn't see the true us last week, over the last few months we've showed better resilience than we did last week but I think we went a long way to putting it right today.

"We responded very, very well and I have to say the fans were as good as we were today; absolutely top class, getting behind us."

Nottingham Forest deputy manager David Kelly: "It's different with the gaffer not being there because he's the leader, he's the focal point of the team.

"Communication was a little bit difficult with the phones; phones don't really work in football grounds. But we had conversations going on.

"It's not the same when he is not there, we miss him. We miss him as a staff, we miss him as a playing group but such is the ban.

"I'm just a little bit disappointed we couldn't break them down, they defended for their lives."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele Booked
  • 12 Hunt Booked
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 11 Woods (Frimpong - 77' )
  • 03 Ramage
  • 06 Cranie
  • 07 O'Brien (Lawrence - 95' )
  • 08 Dawson Booked
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 21 Mellis Booked
  • 16 Jennings

Substitutes

  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 09 Proschwitz
  • 14 Lawrence
  • 15 Frimpong
  • 19 Cywka
  • 31 Turner
  • 42 McCourt

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 15 Halford (Moussi - 75' )
  • 13 Fox Booked
  • 28 Majewski
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 32 Gomis Booked
  • 12 Mackie (Henderson - 58' )
  • 18 Jara
  • 31 Cox (Derbyshire - 70' )
  • 21 Paterson
  • 39 Abdoun

Substitutes

  • 03 Harding
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Moussi
  • 09 Henderson
  • 14 Greening
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 29 de Vries
Ref: Keith Stroud
Att: 12,157

Match Stats

Shots

14 19

On target

2 4

Corners

6 7

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barnsley 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

90:00 +5:51 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

90:00 +4:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Liam Lawrence replaces Jim O'Brien.

90:00 +4:07

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

90:00 +3:21

Attempt saved. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:25

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

90:00 +1:43

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Luke Steele.

90:00 +1:38

Attempt saved. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

90:00 +0:39

Hand ball by Peter Ramage (Barnsley).

89:02

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

84:55 Booking

Booking Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:42

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

84:42

Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:18

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Radoslaw Majewski tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

80:25

Attempt blocked. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darius Henderson.

79:36

Foul by Jack Hunt (Barnsley).

79:36

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:57

Peter Ramage (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:57

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

76:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Emmanuel Frimpong replaces Martin Woods.

74:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Guy Moussi replaces Greg Halford.

73:38

Attempt saved. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.

73:07 Booking

Booking Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:49

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

72:49

Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:47

Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Woods.

71:23

Attempt blocked. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun.

70:25

Attempt blocked. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Jennings with a through ball.

69:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Simon Cox.

69:12

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

67:24

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:24

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

66:30

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:30

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

65:54

Attempt missed. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darius Henderson.

64:56

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

63:44 Booking

Booking Luke Steele (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

63:22

Attempt missed. Kevin Gomis (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

62:49

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Martin Woods.

62:48

Attempt blocked. Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

61:54

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

61:54

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:20 Booking

Booking Jack Hunt (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:08

Foul by Jack Hunt (Barnsley).

60:08

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:36

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kevin Gomis.

57:57

Jack Hunt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:57

Foul by Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest).

57:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Jamie Mackie.

56:21

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Radoslaw Majewski.

56:20

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Dawson.

55:34

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:34

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

54:28

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.

53:27

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.

52:55

Attempt saved. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

50:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

48:06

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:06

Foul by Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest).

47:51

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

47:51

Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:06

Attempt blocked. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Jennings.

45:00

Second Half begins Barnsley 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barnsley 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 +0:54

Hand ball by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

43:58

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Barnsley) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

39:38

Attempt missed. Peter Ramage (Barnsley) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Martin Woods with a cross following a corner.

39:17

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Djamel Abdoun.

37:58

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Gonzalo Jara tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.

37:34

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Martin Woods.

37:32

Attempt blocked. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:48

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Halford.

35:13

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Halford with a through ball.

34:16

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

34:16

Kevin Gomis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:39

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamaal Lascelles tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.

31:58

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

30:28

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Barnsley).

30:28

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:33 Booking

Booking Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:19

Jack Hunt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:19

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

25:27

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.

24:39

Hand ball by Martin Woods (Barnsley).

23:51

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Greg Halford.

22:56

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

21:10

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Kevin Gomis.

20:52

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:52

Foul by Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest).

16:50

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

16:48

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.

12:39

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

12:39

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:30

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

12:04

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

11:35

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:35

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

10:28

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:28

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

9:23

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Ramage with a cross following a set piece situation.

9:13

Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:27 Booking

Booking Kevin Gomis (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

8:18

Foul by Kevin Gomis (Nottingham Forest).

8:18

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:43

Foul by Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest).

6:43

Martin Woods (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:45

Attempt missed. Peter Ramage (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Martin Woods with a cross following a corner.

5:13

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

5:10

Attempt saved. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

1:04

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

0:28

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

0:28

Martin Woods (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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