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The City Ground (ATT 22,230) 20th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Haines

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley Barnsley

Championship: Nottingham Forest held to 0-0 draw at home by Barnsley

Last Updated: 20/04/13 7:11pm

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Luke Steele: Barnsley keeper kept Forest at bay

Luke Steele: Barnsley keeper kept Forest at bay

Nottingham Forest's hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs were dented after a 0-0 home draw with struggling Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

Forest created enough chances to win by a comfortable margin, but Henri Lansbury, Andy Reid and Billy Sharp were all denied by the woodwork, while Reds goalkeeper Luke Steele produced a host of top-drawer saves.

The stalemate means that Forest missed the chance to return to the top six and they are two points adrift of sixth-placed Bolton with two games to go.

Barnsley will be more than happy to take a draw as they were barely able to get out of their own half, but it goes a long way to helping their fight against the drop as they are a point adrift of safety as the season enters its climax.

A run of five games without a win, with the last two being defeats, saw Forest come into this game needing a victory to reignite those top-six designs and they started on the front foot.

They could have been celebrating an early goal, but after good work by Elliott Ward and Radoslaw Majewski, Simon Cox's shot was deflected just wide.

Forest's domination continued and they came even closer to breaking the deadlock midway through the first period when Lansbury climbed highest from Majewski's corner, but his header hit the bar and Barnsley survived.

The Tykes, desperate for points for their own ambitions at the other end of the table, could not stem the tide and were reliant on goalkeeper Steele to keep them on level terms.

First he palmed away Sharp's header and was then equal to Adlene Guedioura's fierce effort from distance.

David Flitcroft's side were fortunate to get to the break with the scoreline at 0-0, but there was no respite for them after the restart.

Martin Cranie cleared off the line after Steele was unable to collect, but the stopper was back to form moments later when he superbly kept out Lansbury's diving header.

Forest's pursuit of an opener was incessant, with Steele at it again as he superbly tipped Reid's effort onto the post before the woodwork was rattled for a third time of the afternoon when Sharp hit a volley into the upright.

Danny Collins headed over as Billy Davies men continued to push for a winner, but Barnsley somehow held on, with Forest now up against it in the play-off race.

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1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13