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Barnsley 2-2 Bristol City

Aaron Wilbraham
Wilbraham's goal against Barnsley was his ninth of the season

Aaron Wilbraham's rasping shot rescued Bristol City a point at Barnsley and preserved the League One leaders' unbeaten record.

Luke Ayling headed Joe Bryan's delivery back across goal and past the diving Ross Turnbull to put City ahead.

Sam Winnall then equalised with a curling effort and Conor Hourihane's penalty, after he was fouled by Ayling, turned the game on its head.

But Wilbraham's strike from the edge of the box denied Barnsley victory.

Sharing the goals around
In scoring against Barnsley, Luke Ayling became the 15th different player in Bristol City's squad to find the net this season - in only their 17th game in all competitions.

The Robins had set a new club record of 14 league matches without defeat at the start of the season by drawing against Bradford on Tuesday, but Hourihane's eighth goal of the campaign looked to have brought that run to an end.

However, Wilbraham - without a goal in six matches - struck a fierce shot past Turnbull with 11 minutes left to earn a point for City.

There was still time for Hourihane to clip a post late on as both sides pressed for a winner in a frantic conclusion to the match.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Cotterill on Barnsley v Bristol City

"We probably went through all the emotions. I thought in the first half we were great and controlled the game, but needed that second goal. And then in the second half we didn't use enough of our possession early enough in the game.

"We ended up going 2-1 down, whether that was fair enough I don't really know, maybe it was.

"But when we went 2-1 down, it wasn't just Bristol City that were 2-1 down away from home, it was Bristol City the last club in the Football League to remain unbeaten that were 2-1 down away from home, and that pressure then intensifies on the players.

"And I thought they were fantastic. It was a really good away performance, we just made a couple of mistakes."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Turnbull
  • 6Cranie
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 16Ramage
  • 3Dudgeon
  • 8Hourihane
  • 4Berry
  • 32Bailey
  • 9WinnallBooked at 58mins
  • 13R WilliamsSubstituted forJenningsat 84'minutes
  • 44Cole

Substitutes

  • 7Treacy
  • 10Hemmings
  • 11Jennings
  • 12Davies
  • 15Mvoto
  • 29Bree
  • 33Lita

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 2Little
  • 4Flint
  • 22Ayling
  • 3Williams
  • 7Smith
  • 8Elliott
  • 23BryanBooked at 54minsSubstituted forCunninghamat 90+2'minutes
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 70'minutes
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 19AgardSubstituted forWagstaffat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 20Burns
  • 21Pack
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
9,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 2, Bristol City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Bristol City 2.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

Foul by Devante Cole (Barnsley).

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Joe Bryan.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Kieran Agard.

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Dale Jennings replaces Ryan Williams.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 2, Bristol City 2. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

(Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Luke Freeman.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 2, Bristol City 1. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Barnsley. Conor Hourihane draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Luke Ayling (Bristol City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by James Bailey (Barnsley).

Wade Elliott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 1, Bristol City 1. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

Booking

Sam Winnall (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Luke Ayling (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Martin Cranie (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt blocked. Devante Cole (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Dudgeon.

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Barnsley 0, Bristol City 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Barnsley 0, Bristol City 1.

Foul by James Bailey (Barnsley).

Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1596032171533
2Preston1384126131328
3Notts County147522112926
4Peterborough158252417726
5Sheff Utd148242218426
6Oldham156722317625
7MK Dons1373327151224
8Rochdale1472526151123
9Swindon1365227171023
10Chesterfield145452321219
11Fleetwood155461716119
12Bradford155461920-119
13Crawley155371424-1018
14Colchester154562122-117
15Barnsley144462224-216
16Port Vale154472023-316
17Coventry154471825-716
18Leyton Orient143651518-315
19Walsall153661215-315
20Doncaster134361220-815
21Gillingham153571421-714
22Yeovil153481226-1413
23Crewe1541101231-1913
24Scunthorpe153391729-1212
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