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Championship: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Barnsley - Watson hits winner against Tykes

Nottingham Forest's Ben Watson celebrates goal
Watson last scored a goal in April 2016, which was the winner for Watford against West Brom in the Premier League

Ben Watson's first Nottingham Forest goal ensured Sabri Lamouchi's side extended their unbeaten run to nine games with victory over lowly Championship side Barnsley.

Watson's winner was the hosts' only shot on goal on a difficult afternoon against the second tier's most youthful side.

Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba kept it goalless at the break, making a fine one-handed save to deny Luke Thomas in first-half injury time, while the hosts' best chance was dragged wastefully wide by Lewis Grabban.

Barnsley started the second half brightly and went close to opening the scoring, Toby Sibbick sending a effort form 25 yards wide before Samba foiled Dani Pinillos.

It was against the run of play and on the break that Watson put Forest ahead, meeting a cut-back pass from Matty Cash with a fine first-time finish.

Samba made another crucial save from Thomas, Patrick Schmidt flicked a header wide and Michael Dawson made a vital block on Mallik Wilks in a nervy finish for Forest on a day that they remembered legendary former manager Brian Clough.

Standing ovation at the City Ground as fans pay respects to former manager Brian Clough
Nottingham Forest paid tribute to managerial great Brian Clough on the 15th anniversary of his death

A packed out City Ground paid its respects to the two-time European Cup-winning manager, with supporters standing for a minute's applause in the 15th minute, as this week marked the 15th anniversary Clough's death.

Defeat leaves Barnsley without a win since their opening day triumph against Fulham, while Forest have not lost since starting their campaign with a home defeat against West Bromwich Albion.

Grabban, involved in five goals in his past six Championship games, had chances to add to his fine run of form in the first half but twice scuffed promising chances - the second being Forest's best, as the 31-year-old mis-hit his shot after Watson put him through on goal.

Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel has so far fielded the youngest average starting line-up in the Championship this season, and the Tykes are still looking for their first goal away from home this term.

Samba was the one to extend that wait with a string of fine saves, which included keeping Thomas out either side of the break.

A devastating counter attack that started with a fine pass from Joao Carvalho and ended with Watson's cool finish proved decisive as Forest survived immense late pressure to record back-to-back league wins under Lamouchi for the first time to move up to fifth in the table.

Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi:

"We suffered a lot in the game, but I do not mind this when we come through the game with three points.

"The Championship is so, so tough. There are no weak opponents. We respected Barnsley today. We did not score in the first half, when we deserved to.

"It was not a fantastic performance, but it was a good result. We have a lot of experienced players and we cannot accept what happened in the final stages, when we did not control the game.

"We need to work. It was a good result. If we play like this and we win matches? I will sign up for that right now."

Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel:

"I cannot imagine that we can play much better than we did in the second half.

"It was a disappointing result but a very good performance.

"I am proud of this performance and of the attitude from my team. We created chances, we pressed in the second half and played some good passing football.

"We played well, but we needed to score to cap things off.

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30SambaBooked at 90mins
  • 11CashBooked at 24mins
  • 20Dawson
  • 4Worrall
  • 2Ribeiro
  • 8Watson
  • 21Sow
  • 23LolleySubstituted forSemedoat 81'minutes
  • 28SilvaSubstituted forAdomahat 60'minutes
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forAmeobiat 70'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 3Figueiredo
  • 13Bostock
  • 17Semedo
  • 18Robinson
  • 19Ameobi
  • 37Adomah
  • 49Muric

Barnsley

  • 40Collins
  • 2WilliamsBooked at 29minsSubstituted forChaplinat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Andersen
  • 24HalmeBooked at 52minsSubstituted forMcGeehanat 77'minutes
  • 23Pinillos
  • 21Sibbick
  • 27Mowatt
  • 7Brown
  • 16Thomas
  • 36Wilks
  • 9WoodrowSubstituted forSchmidtat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8McGeehan
  • 10Bähre
  • 11Chaplin
  • 13Walton
  • 19Schmidt
  • 22Oduor
  • 26Thiam
Referee:
Jarred Gillett
Attendance:
29,202

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Barnsley 0.

Bradley Collins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Brice Samba.

Attempt blocked. Luke Thomas (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ben Watson.

Attempt blocked. Toby Sibbick (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

Attempt blocked. Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Brown.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

Attempt missed. Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Pinillos (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Brice Samba.

Attempt saved. Luke Thomas (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Pinillos.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley).

Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Alfa Semedo replaces Joe Lolley.

Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Mads Andersen.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Alex Mowatt.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Cameron McGeehan replaces Aapo Halme because of an injury.

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jacob Brown (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick Schmidt replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Conor Chaplin replaces Jordan Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Sammy Ameobi replaces João Carvalho.

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Thomas (Barnsley).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

Attempt missed. João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Tiago Silva.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Jacob Brown (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds8521134917
2Swansea8521125717
3Preston8512147716
4QPR85121412216
5Nottm Forest8431116515
6Bristol City8431139415
7Charlton8422118314
8Sheff Wed8413117413
9West Brom7340118313
10Blackburn841398113
11Birmingham841379-213
12Fulham8332127512
13Cardiff8332910-112
14Hull8233111109
15Middlesbrough823389-19
16Millwall8233611-59
17Brentford822456-18
18Derby8152811-38
19Wigan8224813-58
20Reading8215911-27
21Luton82151216-47
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Stoke8026717-102
24Huddersfield7016513-81
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