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Barnsley 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Daryl Murphy heads Nottingham Forest's first-half equaliser against Barnsley
Daryl Murphy's first-half header was his second goal in two games for Nottingham Forest

A Ryan Hedges strike secured Barnsley's first win of the season as they ended Nottingham Forest's 100% start.

Matty Pearson's header put the Tykes ahead during an impressive opening, but Forest switched from five at the back to a 4-4-2 and began to dominate.

Daryl Murphy headed the equaliser from Barrie McKay's cross and McKay, Ben Osborn and Murphy all went close.

But Hedges restored the lead after the break and although Forest remained in control, Barnsley held on.

Forest's desire to continue the attacking approach which brought them a thrilling 4-3 win over Brentford on Saturday saw Barnsley exploit the space behind their wing-backs early on.

Tom Bradshaw, Hedges and George Moncur all threatened after Pearson's header from Moncur's free-kick made it 1-0 inside three minutes.

Murphy did hit the post with a strike almost immediately and, after the change in Forest tactics, his second goal in two games restored parity.

With McKay impressing out wide and Forest's movement, passing and creativity posing problems, Forest looked likely to earn a third league win in three.

But Hedges' low left-footed effort, his third goal in four games this season, made it 2-1 against the run of play soon after the interval.

And a combination of wayward finishing and some smart goalkeeping by Adam Davies, notably when he denied Tendayi Darikwa late on, saw the Tykes earn their first league points.

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom:

"I am delighted. The players have been surprising me.

"I said after the Ipswich game on Saturday we should have won as we played really well, and I said we would have to play better than that and win.

"That is the organisation, the hard work, being in the right places at the right time, showing people the right way, which makes your job easier when defending your own box. I am happy because certain players are further down the line than I thought."

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton:

"We gave an away early goal, but we re-gathered and changed our shape and scored a really good goal.

"I thought we then controlled the game and looked really dangerous every time we went forward.

"We looked so, so good in the final third, but we snatched at the ball too many times, pulled shots wide, had them saved, and we didn't get our rewards."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Davies
  • 2McCarthy
  • 18Jackson
  • 5MacDonald
  • 24Pearson
  • 4WilliamsBooked at 87mins
  • 7HammillSubstituted forBarnesat 90+5'minutes
  • 20PottsBooked at 81mins
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forBirdat 66'minutes
  • 34Hedges
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 13Townsend
  • 15Barnes
  • 16Pinnock
  • 19Ugbo
  • 23Payne
  • 27Mowatt
  • 37Bird

Nottm Forest

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 43Smith
  • 42Worrall
  • 5Mills
  • 4MancienneBooked at 30minsSubstituted forTraoreat 45'minutes
  • 27Darikwa
  • 31Bouchalakis
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forCarayolat 71'minutes
  • 10McKaySubstituted forCummingsat 78'minutes
  • 20Dowell
  • 11Osborn
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 6Traore
  • 16Clough
  • 17Brereton
  • 18Carayol
  • 26Evtimov
  • 35Cummings
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
13,883

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home13
Away26
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Harvey Barnes replaces Adam Hammill.

  4. Post update

    Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Hedges (Barnsley).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Adam Davies.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

  9. Booking

    Joe Williams (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Joe Williams (Barnsley).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jared Bird (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Post update

    Adam Hammill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest).

  17. Post update

    Matty Pearson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Booking

    Brad Potts (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Brad Potts (Barnsley).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff33006069
2Wolves33006249
3Ipswich33007439
4Middlesbrough32013126
5Nottm Forest32016516
6Leeds31203215
7Hull31117524
8Sunderland21104224
9QPR21103124
10Bristol City31116514
11Birmingham31112204
12Preston31111104
13Reading311134-14
14Derby311123-14
15Fulham30302203
16Barnsley310246-23
17Sheff Utd310213-23
18Bolton302134-12
19Sheff Wed201112-11
20Brentford301257-21
21Millwall301246-21
22Norwich201124-21
23Aston Villa301226-41
24Burton300317-60
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