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  1. Lansbury hits hat-trick as Forest twice come from behind
  2. Vellios and Osborn also on target for visitors
  3. Winnall and Watkins twice put Barnsley in front
  4. Watkins sent off for stamp on Lam
  5. Forest up to 16th, Barnsley slip to 17th

Live Reporting

By Andrew Aloia

All times stated are UK

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FT: Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

After an incredibly busy night at Oakwell, we bid one and all farewell.

Nottingham Forest fans will have sweet dreams after this one, while it was more the stuff of nightmares for Barnsley.

We are, of course, back with English Football League live text coverage from 14:00 GMT tomorrow.

Lansbury treble helps Forest sink Barnsley

FT: Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Barnsley v Nottingham Forest report
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Henri Lansbury grabbed a hat-trick as Nottingham Forest made it back-to-back away wins in the Championship by beating 10-man Barnsley.

Lansbury and Apostolos Vellios both levelled for Forest in the opening 24 minutes after Sam Winnall and Marley Watkins twice put the Tykes ahead.

Lansbury headed Forest ahead in first-half stoppage time and Ben Osborn nodded in the fourth.

And, after Watkins was sent off, Lansbury's penalty wrapped up the win.

Read the full report here.

Just getting started

FT: Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

So Nottingham Forest start the weekend of English Football League fixtures with a tremendously exciting 5-2 win over Barnsley at Oakwell.

And there is still plenty to come from the Championship, League One and League Two over the weekend.

Join us on Saturday for live text coverage from 14:00 GMT and we will be going into the evening with Rotherham United hosting Yorkshire rivals Leeds at 17:00 GMT.

Then on Monday we are back with the last of the second-tier games as Wigan Athletic travel to Huddersfield Town.

Forest move past Tykes

FT: Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Having not won away from home all season, Nottingham Forest string back-to-back triumphs on the road together.

That is enough to move them to 16th in the table and above Barnsley. They edge above the Tykes for goals scored. Figures.


FT: Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Henri Lansbury and Ben Osborn
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Nottingham Forest goalscorer Ben Osborn told Sky Sports: "I'm happy to finally chip in with a goal. It has been a long time coming, it was overdue."


FT: Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury, who scored a hat-trick, told Sky Sports: "We were more worried about the points at the minute, so it was good to get the win and to keep some momentum up.

"We have a big few games coming up, we need to keep working hard."


Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Forest celebrate
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To the very end, Barnsley pushed for more goals.

This game had it all, a Henri Lansbury hat-trick as Nottingham Forest twice fought back from a goal down to win in some style.

Barnsley finished with 10 men following Marley Watkins' sending off.


Any away win is brilliant, two in a week is fantastic but the manner of tonight will put a lot of smiles on peoples faces.

Brian LawsEx-Forest full-back on BBC Radio Nottingham


Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Vladimir Stojkovic spreads himself BIG and gets a hand on the ball to keep a close-range header from Josh Scowen out.

The hosts will take anything out of this game. Even if it is just goals!

Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

And we are into the final minute.

But neither side is about to stop here. Oh no, they keep pushing for goals.

Four minutes added time to play as well.


Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Last change for Barnsley as Sam Winnall makes way for Ryan Williams.

Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Matt Mills comes to earth with a crunch. Huge contact there with Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies as they challenge one another for a free-kick into the box.

All above board. Still, that would have hurt.


Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

David Vaughan makes his comeback from injury as he replaces Michael Mancienne.

Right. Watch this space. There are four minutes remaining. A substitute has come on. Surely a goal. Right?

Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

So, Matty Cash. Just to rewind a moment. He was on the pitch for just two minutes before being brought down to win that penalty.

Influential stuff.

GOAL Lansbury (pen)

Barnsley 2-5 Nottingham Forest

Henri Lansbury penalty

Henri Lansbury scores a hat-trick! He completes his treble from the penalty sport after Josh Scowan brought Matty Cash down in the area.

Barnsley 2-4 Nottingham Forest

Saidy Janko looking to make an immediate impression on this game.

He finds himself just inside the area and with a few bodies to aim at with a cross, he tries to find a team-mate.

In the end, a shot may have caused more problems from there as Nottingham Forest deal with the threat.


Barnsley 2-4 Nottingham Forest

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom goes to the bench for a second time and it is Saidy Janko that comes on for James Bree.

Barnsley 2-4 Nottingham Forest

Barnsley might be down to 10 men and missing Marley Watkins on the right after his sending-off, but they are not abandoning their approach tonight.

They work the ball and still manage to get a threatening ball into the box, but surely Nottingham Forest are going to be able to shut such things down easily now.


Barnsley 2-4 Nottingham Forest

Here we have this six-goal spectacular and a red card to boot.

Now why not add a little star dust to proceedings...

Yes, it is former Arsenal man Nicklas Bendtner who comes off the bench to replace Apostolos Vellios.

RED CARD Watkins

Barnsley 2-4 Nottingham Forest

Marley Watkins
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Marley Watkins is shown a straight red card!

The Barnsley man tussled with Nottingham Forest's Thomas Lam. It wasn't the initial challenge that earned him the marching order, rather it was an apparent stamp.

Well, if this game was missing one thing, I guess we have it now. 

Oh the drama!

It's a tough task now for Barnsley, 4-2 down with 10 men and Forest with their tails up.

Derek ParkerEx-Barnsley striker on BBC Radio Sheffield


Barnsley 2-4 Nottingham Forest

There is change for Barnsley now as Tom Bradshaw replaces Adam Armstrong.

GOAL Osborn

Barnsley 2-4 Nottingham Forest

Ben Osborn scores
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Nottingham Forest haven't had many chances tonight, but they are certainly making everything count.

Apostolos Vellios uses his body to win the ball and then works it out to Michael Mancienne on the right for Forest.

A fantastic ball is whipped in and Ben Osborn is there with a headed finish.

Forest have been lethal in front of goal, it's incredible.

Brian LawsEx-Forest full-back on BBC Radio Nottingham


Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest's Danny Fox clatters into Marley Watkins. Now that is one way to deal with the danger on the right wing for Barnsley.

And Fox is first into the referee's book for that tackle.

Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Match stats

Check out those match statistics to the right of this page! 

Let that paint a picture for you as Barnsley have had and continue to have the running of proceedings. 

And yet Nottingham Forest have been ruthless in taking their chances.

Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Rack them up! Barnsley are coming at Nottingham Forest from every which way. Still!

There is some delightful movement and one-touch passing before Josh Scowen lashes over the bar from outside the box.

Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Conor Hourihane looks so at ease pulling the strings in midfield for Barnsley, he glides about moving the ball from left to right.

After some nice build-up play, there is a huge chance for Sam Winnall, but he sends a free header wide of the post for the hosts.

Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Marley Watkins is making a nuisance of himself down the right for Barnsley.

His second cross into the box in less than a minute is headed on target by Sam Winnall. Vladimir Stojkovic deals with it easily, but that is a very clear sign that we are in for another busy half of goalmouth action, I'd say.


Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Barnsley v Nottingham Forest
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And we're off again.

After that five-goal first half, what on earth do we have to look forward to now?!

BBC radio coverage

HT: Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Tonight it is more than just about live text commentary, as you can also listen in via BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, who are simulcasting BBC Radio Sheffield's commentary.

Just go to the top of the page and click on the commentary tab to listen in.

Sadly, restrictions over broadcast rights mean we cannot offer you what BBC Radio Nottingham have to offer online, although you can listen in on your radio around the Nottinghamshire area.

Not that Forest reporter Colin Fray will be able to tell you much about the midfield battle by the looks of it...

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'Football is for everybody'


'Football is for everybody'

A new project by the English Football League called 'Every Player Counts' has been launched at Wembley Stadium with the aim of getting 10,000 more disabled people playing football.  

The project aims to give as many disabled people as possible access to football for the first time.  

The former England player Danny Mills and Paralympics GB footballer Jack Rutter share their experiences. 

Looking ahead

HT: Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

For a change of pace, let's throw forward to some of the stories to look out for in the English Football League this weekend.

Championship: Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers (15:00 GMT)

Newcastle United are looking for a 10th successive win in all competitions for the first time since 1994-95.

The Championship leaders host Blackburn Rovers, who are 22nd in the table after 17 games.

League One: MK Dons v Sheffield United (15:00 GMT)

Former MK Dons boss Karl Robinson will be a very interested bystander at the Valley this weekend after being appointed Charlton Athletic manager on Thursday.

He moves into the job on Monday after the Sheffield United match.

League Two: Morecambe v Plymouth (15:00 GMT)

Is seven a lucky or unlucky number? 

Well, that figure throws up a pretty unique footballing statistic in League Two this weekend as Morecambe host Plymouth Argyle

The hosts will be looking to end a run of seven straight defeats at the Globe Arena. 

Conversely, the Pilgrims travel to Lancashire on the back of seven consecutive away wins – a new club record.

Half-time analysis

Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Ex-Barnsley striker Derek Parker on BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Some of the Barnsley fans will be wondering what has happened out there.

"Barnsley have played tremendously well going forward but at the back they have looked very suspect. They will be kicking themselves.

"Forest have had little more than three attacks but have scored from all of them."

HALF-TIME: Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Now to recap this five-goal thriller at Oakwell.

Sam Winnall nabbed the opener for Barnsley before Henri Lansbury leveled with a free-kick.

Then, 73 seconds after that Marley Watkins is on the mark for the hosts' second. So that is your opening 14 minutes accounted for.

Ten minutes later, Apostolos Vellios equalises for Forest and then a minute into first-half injury time Lansbury heads Forest into the lead for the first time.

Hectic stuff!

GOAL Lansbury

Barnsley 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Henri Lansbury
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So the fourth official shows there is two minutes of this half to play.

Plenty of time for a goal, you say.

Sure was, as Henri Lansbury comes up with his second goal of the night - a diving header to get on the end of a Ben Osborn cross from the left for Forest.

And the visitors now lead for the first time in this one.

Lansbury sprinted 40 yards to get into the box, fantastic effort.

Brian LawsEx-Forest full-back on BBC Radio Nottingham

Barnsley 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Sam Winnall
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Sam Winnall now trying to play provider, whipping in a ball from the right.

It is deflected out for a corner and danger, after many a bite of the cherry for Barnsley, is cleared by Forest's defence.

Barnsley 2-2 Nottingham Forest

This really is one of those matches that whenever the ball is within cooee of the goalmouth you have a sense the next goal is coming.

A long throw into the box is dealt with, eventually by Nottingham Forest. Like I said, anything within cooee!

* Cooee is an Australia thing. They use it in the bush. Look it up. All very interesting stuff.

Barnsley 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Ex-Nottingham Forest full-back Brian Laws on BBC Radio Nottingham: "Forest have adopted a 5-4-1, Ben Osborn has dropped onto the left... they needed to because they were getting overrun."

Barnsley 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Straight off the training ground, and almost a stunning third goal for Barnsley.

A low corner to the top of the box is blasted by Sam Winnall and tipped over the bar.

It looked great, but wouldn't have counted as the referee blows for a foul.

Barnsley 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest, dare I say it, are  playing with a sense of composure after equalising for a second time.

The defence has certainly managed to deal with a a series of probing crosses and free-kicks better.

In attack, Apostolos Vellios looks for a team-mate with an attempted back-heel pass. 

Considering how the goals have come about tonight, anything would work at this rate.

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As Sam Winnall gets a meek header on target for Barnsley, let's have a look at the get involved question we put out there for the best bargain football buys.

Merv Payne: Bargain of 2016? Easy! It has to be Mahlon Romeo for Millwall.

Sam Collins: Best bargain footballer has to be RB/LB Andy Yiadom - free transfer from my club Barnet and Barnsley POTY so far.

B. Cairns: Tom Lees has to be the ultimate bargain - Leeds had to fork out to cancel his contract, now he's worth millions #swfc

Barnsley 2-2 Nottingham Forest

BBC Radio Sheffield's Andy Giddings: "What an extraordinary start to this game. Three goals in 23 minutes and it's hugs, handshakes and high-fives for Forest."