Reds FT: Nottingham Forest 0 Barnsley 0

Barnsley's Chris O'Grady and  Forest's Danny Collins challenge.
Barnsley's Chris O'Grady and Forest's Danny Collins challenge.
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Barnsley held on for a point in their relegation battle with a goalless draw at the County Ground..

Forest charged out of the blocks and gone when Cox took a tumble in the box following a Wiseman challenge but penalty claimes fell on deaf ears.

After a third Forest corner in quick succession, Cox found more space in the bos this time and flashed an angled shot past Steele’s dive and inches wide.

Barnsley’s first real sight of goal came when O’Grady leapt superbly to flick a header into Scotland’s path, only for the veteran striker to be thwarted by Halford’s smart intervention.

Scotland and Noble-Lazarus combined well to tee up O’Brien, but his shot from the edge of the box was mis-hit and the ball trickled hopelessly wide without troubling Darlow.

Flitcroft may have taken some heart when Forest were forced into a change.

Full-back Hutchinson was being troubled by a strain and limped off, to be replaced by Collins.

Forest were next to aim a shot on target, and again it came after a Reid corner wasn’t cleared.

The ball fell invitingly for midfielder Guedioura on the edge of the box, but his effort was blocked by Noble-Lazarus.

The woodwork came to Barnsley’s rescue from a simple setpiece effort as the unmarked Lansbury headed Majewski’s in-swinging corner-kick onto the bar and behind for a goal-kick.

At the other end the Reds threatened right on the half-hour mark.

O’Grady threaded a sweet pass into Noble-Lazarus’s path and as the young attacking midfielder put his head down and charged towards goal, in stepped sub Collins to produce the timeliest of tackles just as the Barnsley man was about to pull the trigger.

Sharp went close when his well-directed header direct from Halford’s long throw-in was superbly plucked out of the air by Steele at full stretch.

HALF-TIME

Forest............0

Reds............ 0

There were no changes at the interval following a first period which had seen the Reds soak up a good amount of pressure.

Could they hang on for a point, or would a point even be enough? Only time would tell.

The visitors created the first chance of the second half, with O’Grady crashing a shot disappointingly over after latching on to O’Brien’s neat pass inside.

There was soon a scare at the other end though, with Cranie being forced to head Reid’s corner-kick clear from danger from right underneath his own crossbar.

In the 55th minute Steele was the saviour again as he brilliantly stopped Lansbury’s point-blank header from Reid’s pinpoint cross.

Forest were well on top and again they were thwarted by the woodwork.

Reid - who was becoming increasingly influential - skipped past Jones with ease before hammering a crisp left-foot drive against the base of a post.

The Reds’ resistance was looking more fragile, and incredibly Forest struck the woodwork for a third time in the 65th minute.

This time Ward was up from the back and headed across for Sharp who thumped a volley against the post. The ball fizzed away to safety and the Reds’ charmed goal had somehow survived again.

As the game entered the final 20 minutes former Doncaster favourite Sharp again went close as his low drive following a mazy run was well gathered by Steele.