Nottingham Forest 3 Barnsley 0 – Reds maintain impressive play-off push

Nottingham Forest rattled off a fourth straight win in all competitions to see off bottom-of-the-table Barnsley 3-0 in the Championship.

On-loan Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis’ first Forest goal set the ball rolling as Steve Cooper’s men scored before the interval for the first time since November 20.

Ryan Yates went on to double the advantage later in the half before Brennan Johnson wrapped up matters after the break.

The quartet of consecutive triumphs equals seventh-placed Forest’s longest streak since March 2013 and, as a mark of the progress made since Cooper arrived at the City Ground with the club bottom of the table in mid-September, it is the second time the former Swansea boss has achieved that feat.

Barnsley, managed on the night by Poya Asbaghi’s assistant Ferran Sibila due to the former suffering from Covid-19 symptoms, had a pre-match postponement request rejected by the EFL.

The Tykes had claimed they only had 13 senior players available and named six under-21 substitutes as they registered a 17th game without an away win – the club’s worst sequence since 1976.

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