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There will come a time when Steve Cooper will expect more goals from his Forest side on a consistent basis, the East Midlands outfit netting just six times in as many matches in all competitions.
More importantly, however, Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Derby County was their second win in succession, extending another run to five triumphs from seven outings.
Such is the competitiveness of the Championship that they remain four points adrift of the top six, but Cooper and his squad appear to be grinding out more second-half victories than their rivals.
In the closing months of the campaign, that will be an important trait, as will Forest rebuffing any attempts from Brentford to sign Brennan Johnson.
The 20-year-old ended a four-game wait to score his sixth league goal of the campaign versus the Rams, a strike which followed Lewis Grabban getting on the scoresheet for the third match in succession.
Cooper must decide whether to keep Max Lowe in the Forest XI after the wing-back made a successful return from injury at the weekend.
Although Joe Worrall is out until March, an alternative is Tobias Figueiredo featuring at centre-back, Ryan Yates moving into midfield and Jack Colback switching to left wing-back.
The front three is expected to remain the same, although Philip Zinckernagel is an option if Cooper wants to freshen up his attack.
Barnsley’ starting lineup is dependent on how players recover from their first outing in two weeks and whether other squad members affected by coronavirus are fit enough to come into contention.
Michal Helik overcame injury to last 90 minutes against Blues, but Jasper Moon is an option if Asbaghi opts against taking any risks on the centre-back.
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Devante Cole is also pushing for a chance ahead of Aaron Leya Iseka in the final third.
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Yates, Cook, McKenna; Spence, Garner, Colback, Lowe; Johnson, Grabban, Davis
Barnsley possible starting lineup:
Collins; Williams, Helik, Andersen, Kitching; Palmer, Gomes; Styles, Adeboyejo, Morris; Cole