Barnsley aim to cut down Tricky Trees

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Whilst the majority of the Barnsley squad had time-out from competitive football due to the International break, two squad members were involved in action around the globe.

Kieran Trippier was an unused substitute in Romania, as the England Under 21’s drew 0-0 and booked their passage into the 2011 European Championship Finals, whilst on the other side of the world in New Zealand, Chris Wood played in two fixtures for the All Whites, scoring in the 1-1 draw with Honduras, but drawing a blank in the 2-0 loss to Paraguay.

The debut goal by Wood sparked an unusual celebration, as reported on the New Zealand Football Federation website: "A first international goal for eighteen year old striker Chris Wood wasn’t enough for the All Whites to mark their World Cup homecoming with a win, as Honduras held the home side to a 1-1 draw in the first match of the ASB International Series at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium.

"Wood repaid the faith of coach Ricki Herbert, who handed the Barnsley forward by way of West Bromwich Albion his first start on home soil, meeting a cross from the impressive Jeremy Brockie with a towering header just before halftime.

"The teenager had an unusual way of celebrating what should be the first of many All Whites strikes displaying the word ‘Woodzee’ printed on a special pair of red and white underpants. He was yellow carded for his trouble.”

Tomorrow the Tykes take on Nottingham Forest at Oakwell.

They will be looking to forget the last three games prior to the break in which they gained a solitary point.

Forest will be a tough nut to crack, they have not lost since the opening day of the season at Burnley and have become the draw specialists in the Championship, with seven of their ten league games ending as stalemates so far this season.

Last season, honours were even in the Championship. At the City Ground last October, the Reds were denied a point in injury time as Guy Moussi fired home to give Forest the three points. Barnsley had their revenge in March this year when a double from Daniel Bogdanovic sealed a 2-1 win at Oakwell.

Mark Robins and the Barnsley faithful would settle for a similar result tomorrow and will hope that “Woodze” can bag a brace, with or without his unique goal celebration.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.

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