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Oakwell Stadium (ATT 12,157) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Sky Bet Championship: Barnsley grab 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest

Last Updated: 08/03/14 5:44pm

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Dale Jennings: Scored the only goal of the game

Dale Jennings: Scored the only goal of the game

Dale Jennings scored his first goal for Barnsley as they beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the Sky Bet Championship at Oakwell on Saturday.

Winger Jennings settled the contest early in the second half with a powerful low drive from the edge of the box to lift Barnsley to 23rd - two points from safety - and stretch Forest's winless run to five games in all competitions.

The visitors, who remain in the play-off positions despite the defeat, came closest to a goal when Djamel Abdoun's first-half strike hit a post.

Jennings threatened early on with a powerful shot from distance which was tipped over the crossbar by visiting goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Barnsley midfielder Martin Woods then fired wide of the left-hand upright from the edge of the 18-yard box with 17 minutes played.

Forest began to assert some pressure at the other end and almost took the lead six minutes later through wideman Abdoun.

A ball into the Barnsley box came back off Forest winger Jamie Mackie and the Algeria international smashed a low drive which thumped off the base of the right-hand post and away to safety.

Abdoun then turned creator, sending a pinpoint cross from the left into the path of Mackie only to see the former QPR man somehow head wide from inside Luke Steele's six-yard box.

The visitors continued to look the more dangerous going forward and Radoslaw Majewski and young forward Jamie Paterson both had efforts blocked before Polish midfielder Majewski saw his half-volley deflect wide for a corner.

Forest manager Billy Davies, who was forced to watch the game from the stands as he began a five-match touchline ban for abusing a referee, saw his side fall behind six minutes after the interval.

The lively Jennings picked the ball up on the left, just outside the Forest area, before advancing and striking a low right-footed shot into the bottom left-hand corner from 20 yards.

Forest attempted to respond but both Paterson and Abdoun failed to hit the target with shots from range.

Substitute Darius Henderson then wasted a promising opening for the visitors in the 72nd minute when he scuffed his shot into the ground after being picked out in the area by Abdoun, before Paterson nodded straight at Tykes keeper Steele with a free header moments later.

Barnsley became encamped in their own half in the final stages of the game and Steele was forced to produce a fine save from Abdoun's injury-time free-kick as Danny Wilson's men extended their unbeaten home record to five games.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
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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