THE Reds' poor start to the season continued on Saturday as they let a point slip by conceding a late goal.
Darius Henderson's 84th-minute header for Nottingham Forest sealed the points for the home side, who had twice led but been pegged back by a battling Barnsley.
Forest took the lead through Simon Cox after Mike Pollitt parried Jamie Mackie's initial effort, but Chris O'Grady equalised from the spot a minute later after David Perkins was brought down.
The hosts got back in front on the stroke of half-time when Kelvin Etuhu scored an own goal after Andy Reid's inswinging free-kick.
After the break, Barnsley scored a brilliant equaliser when Tomasz Cywka drilled in a free-kick from 35 yards out.
The Reds might have thought they worthy of a point but Henderson's late header ensured Forest's good start to the season continued while Barnsley are still searching for their first away point of the season.
David Flitcroft said: "It was an open encounter and I was happy with how my team tried to create chances, but I'm disappointed that we didn't take a point.
"We did not deserve to win the game, they had a lot of good chances and Mike Pollitt was in excellent form.
"But the penalty was deserved and if you see a better goal than the one from Cywka today I would be surprised."
Next up for the Reds is a trip to Bournemouth tomorrow night.