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Oakwell Stadium (ATT 12,844) 16th October 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Crossley

Barnsley Barnsley vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

Barnsley 3

N Doyle (4)
A Gray (pen 56)
J Butterfield (87)

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N Forest 1

L McGugan (68)

Forest cut down to size

Barnsley run out 3-1 winners as visitors lose for second time this season

Last Updated: 16/10/10 5:41pm

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Gray: 100th senior goal

Gray: 100th senior goal

Barnsley recorded a first victory in five attempts as they inflicted just a second defeat of the season on Nottingham Forest.

Andy Gray netted his 100th senior goal while Nathan Doyle and Jacob Butterfield were also on target in a 3-1 win for Barnsley at Oakwell.

Barnsley's fourth home league win of the season lifted them into the top half of the table, while Billy Davies' Forest, who had drawn six of their first 10 league games 1-1 prior to kick-off, drop into the bottom half.

Gray, Doyle and Goran Lovre all returned to Barnsley's starting line-up, while Forest's only change saw Dele Adebola up front alongside Dexter Blackstock as Nathan Tyson succumbed to a knee injury.

Barnsley raced into a fourth-minute lead in their first attack. A sweeping move saw winger Adam Hammill cut the ball back from the byline and Doyle coolly despatched a right-footed shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Whistled

Forest responded with a wayward 30-yard shot from defender Wes Morgan, but neither side carved out another clear-cut chance until Chris Cohen's 25-yard effort whistled past home goalkeeper Luke Steele's post in the 33rd minute.

Barnsley midfielder Lovre began to pull the strings for the home side as half-time approached and Hugo Colace went close to extending the Tykes' lead with a rasping shot that cleared the crossbar.

Blackstock went closest to hauling Forest level in the first half when his left-footed shot was blocked by Tykes skipper Stephen Foster in stoppage time.

Steele denied the visitors four minutes after the restart, punching clear Lewis McGugan's free-kick and then expertly holding on to Cohen's curling ball into the box.

McGugan then dragged his shot wide from the edge of the penalty area, but it was Barnsley who struck again to double their advantage in the 56th minute.

Blackstock was adjudged to have brought down Lovre in the area and Gray stepped forward to plant the ball right-footed beyond Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Forest defender Cohen blocked Foster's goalbound header from Jay McEveley's corner, but Forest served warning that they were not out of the contest when David McGoldrick's angled drive slammed against the upright.

Defecit

McGugan then reduced the visitors' deficit with his fifth goal in the last six games, creating space for himself 20 yards out before firing a low shot into the bottom corner in the 68th minute.

McGoldrick was off target with another long-range effort soon after and Cohen headed Paul McKenna's cross just over as Forest chased an equaliser.

But Barnsley made sure of the spoils when Butterfield, an 80th-minute replacement for Lovre, planted a left-footed finish into the bottom corner from 18 yards after latching on to Hammill's ball across the penalty area.

There was still time for Blackstock to force another flying save from Steele with a stinging 20-yard shot, but the points were already safe for Mark Robins' side.

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1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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