Forest 1 - 0 Barnsley
20/10/09 19:45 Category: Championship
We extended our winning run to five games with a battling performance against a resolute Barnsley side. We played some fantastic stuff in the first half without getting our reward but Barnsley caused a few scares after the break and will consider themselves very unlucky to come away with nothing.
Barnsley to their credit, came to give us a game and certainly played their part. For the first time in ages, Camp was required to make a number of impressive saves to keep us in the game, especially in the second half. Before we’d even got started, Morgan’s clumsy foul resulted in a free kick deceiving Camp but bouncing off the bar.
McGoldrick looked lively in the first half, one brilliant arched run got himself back on-side and then through on goal but the keeper saved. Just before half-time Tyson crossed from the left and he couldn’t get the ball from under his feet and the chance was lost. Both Tyson and Anderson were causing plenty of problems with their defence resulting to illegal measures but after a number of touch games it wasn’t too surprising that they tired.
Tyson in particular got no protection from the referee and it was only a matter of time before he had to withdraw. He did well to last into the second half after a succession of challenges where the ball was an irrelevance. Combined with Blackstock’s injury, Anderson’s fatigue and McGoldrick’s poor form after the break, we were looking short of attacking options in the closing stages.
As we entered injury time, it looked like we’d have to settle for a point, McKenna picked the ball in midfield and finally gave Adebola something to work with. He cushioned the ball into Moussi’s path to poke the ball past the keeper.
Moussi typified the side on the night. Impressive in the first half but lost his way in the second and struggled to make much of an impression. Without the injuries to Tyson and Blackstock he could easily have been replaced. However, he stuck to his job and got the reward in the end. The referee had the final say, with a second yellow card for over-celebrating his first goal for the club and a red card.
Plenty of players impressed in the first half but MOTM to Gunter for performing throughout the game with his usual determination and energy. With Anderson tiring and then Garner playing in-field, he continued to provide width down the right hand side. Camp also took the opportunity to impress having been untroubled for most recent games.
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