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Barnsley Academy beaten by Nottingham Forest

24 January 2009

Barnsley Academy played their third game in a week today and went down by three goals to a good Forest U18 team on a heavy pitch.

Forest had the lions share of possession and chances as Barnsley looked to tire by the end of the game. Forest made the breakthrough after 24 minutes. Danny Free made the initial save but the ball fell to another Forest player who had no trouble in dispatching the ball into the goal. Forest hit the woodwork twice in the first half as Barnsley managed to keep the score to just one goal down at half-time.

An hour into the game Nottingham Forest made it two goals when Reid misjudged a high bouncing ball and a Forest player went round the keeper to score. Conor Branson was injured trying to make a last gasp tackle and on first look he may well have damaged his achiles tendon which will mean a long time on the sidelines.

Forest's third goal was very well taken as their number 9 managed to lob the keeper with his back turned to goal. A great finish and a scoreline that was deserved from Forest's point of view. They passed the ball around very well, keeping it for long periods.

After the game Mark Burton, assistant Academy Manager gaves his thoughts on the game and the past week. "Three games in seven days has taken its toll on some of the lads and they looked jaded and tired. We started off brightly in the first 15-20 minutes. Forest are a decent side. As the game wore on Forest's possession, especially once they were two goals up, they stroked the ball around and we had to run a lot.

"The lads never gave up despite how they felt and the heavy conditions of the pitch. Danny Free did well, showed good hands and good distribution of the ball. Jack Watts and Alistair Taylor also did well.

"Most of these kids played at Elland Road in the week which was a great experience and we also had a few playing a game with the first team yesterday. So they have gained a lot of valuable experience this week, and that is what counts in their development. It may well have hindered them in today's match, but taking everything into account, the result today is not the important thing, but rather the experience they have gained in helping to develop them as footballers."

"Next weekend is off so it will be good for them to rest, recover and get ready for the following week."

Barnsley Team

Danny Free, Michael Tieman, Liam Reffin, Conor Branson, Sean Reid, Danny Fearnehough, Alistair Taylor, Tyrone Crapper, Steven Bennett, Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Jack Watts. Subs: Tom Mellor, Kieran Scargill, Martin Grundy, Jack Briscoe, Steven Bennett.

Academy Match Gallery

Posted Monday 26th January 2009

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