Barnsley began their season with a deserved 1-0 win at home to Nottingham Forest in the first round of the EFL Cup.

Cauley Woodrow got the only goal early in the second half as the Reds were the better side throughout and created the better chances.

Gerhard Struber gave Victor Adeboyejo his first start since April of last year after he spent last season on loan at Bristol Rovers then Cambridge United. He started up front with Conor Chaplin, and Woodrow was just behind them, while Marcel Ritzmaier was left wing-back and Callum Styles played in central midfield.

The visitors were the better side for the first ten minutes and Ryan Yates' weak low shot from the edge of the box forced Jack Walton into the first save of the game. Barnsley grew into the game and their first shot was a Chaplin header from Kilian Ludewig's cross which the goalkeeper tipped over the bar.

Styles, Woodrow and Jordan Williams all dragged long-range low shots well wide late in the first half which was a forgettable affair, although the Reds – after a slow start – had been the more attacking and lively side.

Struber brought on Clarke Oduor for Ritzmaier and Elliot Simoes for Adeboyejo at the break, with Woodrow partnering Chaplin up front. They combined instantly with Woodrow playing in Chaplin who drew another good save from Samba with a powerful shot on the left of the box.

The goal came on 50 minutes when Styles burst into the box from the right and, after exchanging passes with Chaplin, crossed low to Oduor who looked certain to score from close range but hit the post. The rebound was put in almost on the line by Woodrow who ended an 11-game goalless run with his first strike since the win at Hull City in February.

Woodrow should have added another soon after when Forest lost the ball deep in their half and Chaplin crossed perfectly from the right of the box but the free header six yards out went over the bar. Chaplin was then replaced by debutant Dominik Frieser.

Forest made a double change and began to look slightly more threatening, with Yates heading wide from the a cross on the right.

Frieser almost scored a debut goal but his 12-yard shot from the right of the box, when he was unmarked, was tipped over by the impressive Samba. That was after Alex Mowatt won the ball of the left and passed to Simoes who found his fellow substitute.

The visitors had a lot of the ball late on but could not create a chance for the leveller.


Barnsley team: Walton; Sollbauer, Andersen, J Williams; Ludewig, Styles, Mowatt, Ritzmaier (Oduor HT); Woodrow; Chaplin (Frieser 61mins), Adeboyejo (Simoes HT)
Subs: Collins, Thomas, Miller, Brown.
Yellow card: J Williams, Simoes.

Goals: Woodrow 50.

Forest (4-1-4-1): Samba; Gabriel, Figueiredo, Blackett, Ribiero; Bachirou; Da Costa, Yates, Carvalho (Taylor 60mins), Ameobi (Mighten 60); Grabban.
Subs: Smith, Colback, Freeman, Jenkinson, Dawson.
AS IT HAPPENED
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    GAME UNDERWAY
  • 15:03pm
     
    Marcel Ritzmaier is at left wing-back with Callum Styles in the centre. Cauley Woodrow is behind Adeboyejo and Chaplin up front
  • 15:06pm
     
    3 Forest have the first shot of the game through Ryan Yates whose weak effort form the edge of the box is easily held by Walton going down to his left
  • 15:07pm
     
    Forest are using a 4-1-4-1 formation. They have had the better of the game so far without carving out a real chance
  • 15:11pm
     
    Forest still having most of the ball, a lot of it in the Barnsley half as the Reds are yet to settle into the game
  • 15:13pm
     
    Barnsley are struggling to string a series of passes together currently, all their balls forward have been intercepted or mishit
  • 15:15pm
     
    14 Better from the Reds. A decent move ends with Chaplin winning a corner on the right
  • 15:15pm
     
    14 Styles' corner is headed half away then booted clear
  • 15:18pm
     
    Barnsley try to restart quickly with a different ball but the referee stops them as he 'wants to use the match ball'
  • 15:21pm
     
    A clash of heads in the Forest box. Cauley Woodrow looks in a bit of pain but he's up on his feet and ready to carry on
  • 15:25pm
     
    23 Barnsley win a corner on the right/ Styles tries to take a clever low one into the box but it is intercepted before it can reach Woodrow
  • 15:29pm
     
    26 Barnsley's first shot on target is a Conor Chaplin header from a Ludewig cross which is tipped over by the goalkeeper. The corner is played short and, after some good work on the right of the box from Chaplin and Mowatt, Forest clear
  • 15:33pm
     
    The Reds will be happy with the way they have played in the last 20 minutes, they have been the better team and hopefully now can start to create chances
  • 15:34pm
     
    33 Ritzmaier is beaten by Jordan Gabriel whose cross is blocked. Ritzmaier has struggled at times at left wing-back which is not his normal position
  • 15:38pm
     
    Ten minutes left in the first half. Forest have been a little bit more attacking in the last few minutes but still haven't really threatened since Yates' shot in the third minute
  • 15:40pm
     
    It's a scrappy game with one side having the ball for a few sections but unable to make much progress. They both lack the movement or creativity to break down the resilient defences at both ends of the pitch
  • 15:41pm
     
    40 A Forest corner is headed away by Andersen who has been imperious so far
  • 15:45pm
     
    44 Good work by Woodrow who is finishing this half very strongly, he finds Styles but the shot from 20 yards is deflected wide
  • 15:45pm
     
    45 Corner played short by Styles then his cross is headed clear
  • 15:46pm
     
    45 Now Woodrow drags a shot wide from 25 yards
  • 15:46pm
     
    Two added minutes
  • 15:48pm
     
    45+1 Corner played short by Barnsley and J Williams shoots wide.
  • 15:49pm
     
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Forest 0. Struber shouts loudly in frustration after the whistle but his side have just shaded that half. They have been the mote creative and attacking side with more shots while Chaplin's header was the closest either side has come to a goal
  • 16:03pm
     
    Clarke Oduor will be coming on at the break for Barnsley
  • 16:05pm
     
    Barnsley bring on Oduor for Ritzmaier and Simoes for Adeboyejo
  • 16:06pm
     
    SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
  • 16:07pm
     
    A chance now to see Cauley Woodrow and Conor Chaplin up front together and Clarke Oduor at left wing-back
  • 16:08pm
     
    47 Another chance for Chaplin as Woodrow plays him in on the left of the box and the powerful shot draws the second good save of the match from Samba
  • 16:10pm
     
    GOAL!
    Cauley Woodrow nets the first goal of the season !
  • 16:11pm
     
    It's deserved after a good start to the half
  • 16:12pm
     
    Great work from Callum Styles on the right of the box then the ball was crossed after an exchange of passes with Chaplin. Oduor looked certain to score but hit the post and Woodrow tapped in
  • 16:16pm
     
    55 Forest threaten a leveller but Tyler Blackett's header is deflected wide then the next corner is cleared
  • 16:17pm
     
    56 Huge chance for 2-0 and it's Woodrow again. Forest lose the ball deep in their half and Chaplin crosses from the right but Woodrow heads over
  • 16:20pm
     
    Double change for Forest. Lyle Taylor and Alex Mighten for Joao Carvalho and Sammy Ameobi
  • 16:22pm
     
    Dominik Frieser makes his Barnsley debut. He replaces Conor Chaplin who has been really good today
  • 16:24pm
     
    62 A rare chance for Forest, Ryan Yates heads well wide from a cross on the right
  • 16:29pm
     
    Forest are enjoying a better spell now having been second best for nearly an hour
  • 16:30pm
     
    Luke Freeman is on for Lewis Grabban in the visitors' final change
  • 16:32pm
     
    72 Styles' free-kick is cleared then Oduor shoots well over on the volley
  • 16:36pm
     
    77 Luke Freeman free-kick on the right goes over everyone and is cleared
  • 16:37pm
     
    77 Dominik Frieser so close to a debut goal. Mowatt brilliantly wins the ball on the left and, after a good run, finds Simoes who moves it on to the Austrian whose shot from the right of the box is powerful but tipped over by Samba
  • 16:39pm
     
    79 Jordan Williams now breaks up the pitch but passes to the right and it is cut out when he had Simoes completely free on his left
  • 16:42pm
     
    Frieser is looking good. Almost scored but the impressive Samba tipped his shot over. He has showed some good touches to hold the ball up and play in others.
  • 16:46pm
     
    In the final five minutes now. Will Barnsley hold on to a win they deserve?
  • 16:48pm
     
    87 Forest win a corner on the left. Taylor volleys it and loops up then lands on the bar but the referee had whistled for a foul
  • 16:51pm
     
    90 Freeman free-kick from the left. Headed out by Sollbauer then the follow up cross is nodded clear by Andersen. They have been rock solid today but they haven't been tested much
  • 16:53pm
     
    Forest have had a lot of the ball in the last 20 minutes or so but have found the Reds defence impossible the break through