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Bristol City 2-2 Barnsley

Joe Bryan
Joe Bryan's equaliser ensured Bristol City avoided a third home defeat in League One this season

Bristol City extended their lead at the top of League One to 11 points as they came from behind to draw with Barnsley.

Marlon Pack's penalty put the hosts in front after Jean-Yves M'voto brought down Kieran Agard inside the box.

But Jabo Ibehre controlled Martin Cranie's pass to level, before Ibehre set up Josh Scowen to round goalkeeper Frank Fielding and put Barnsley ahead.

However, Joe Bryan equalised with six minutes left with a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area.

Joe Wildsmith, making his debut in goal for Barnsley after joining on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, saved two other second-half efforts from the Bristol-born wing-back but could not keep out Bryan's leveller that pushed City a point closer to promotion.

Steve Cotterill's side have played two games more than both second-placed Preston and Swindon, who are 14 points off top spot, in third.

Play-off chasers Barnsley have now gone nine games without defeat, seven of them under head coach Lee Johnson, although the 33-year-old looked set for his first loss in charge of the Tykes when Pack found the net for the first time since October.

An unchanged Bristol City team, playing for the first time since winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley, edged a scrappy opening spell.

Captain Aaron Wilbraham almost added a second from 20 yards, before goals either side of the interval put Barnsley in control.

The visitors' resistance was eventually broken by Bryan and City almost snatched a late winner, but defender Aden Flint headed over in the closing stages.

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Steve Cotterill: Bristol City manager on Barnsley draw

Bristol City manager speaks to BBC Radio Bristol:

"A little bit lethargic at times. I thought sometimes today that our passing was a little bit wide of the mark and a little sloppy. I wouldn't say that's certainly been our best performance.

"We started the game really well. Fifteen minutes I thought we were great and I was happy with that, after last week, a lot of emotion last week which ended up being a long week.

"Sometimes then whilst you want the players to have a bit of a break, they can relax too much.

"We got a lot of plaudits last week so I'm really please to get this game out of the way because it was a dangerous game for us."

Barnsley manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Johnson on Bristol City v Barnsley

"It's always disappointing to lose a lead so I wouldn't say I'm fully content.

"But to come to the league leaders in a bit of a carnival atmosphere and come out with a point and look fairly solid for most of the game is a good start.

"It's about having that confidence and belief."

Marlon Pack
Marlon Pack scored his first goal since October to put Bristol City in front
Barnsley
Jabo Ibehre (second left) scored his second goal in two games to bring Barnsley level at 1-1
Lee Johnson
Barnsley boss Lee Johnson played 199 times during five and a half years as a Bristol City player

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Williams
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 2LittleSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 59'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 21Pack
  • 23Bryan
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 19AgardSubstituted forElliottat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Elliott
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 12Saville
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 24Tavernier

Barnsley

  • 13Wildsmith
  • 6Cranie
  • 15Mvoto
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 20Smith
  • 19StewartSubstituted forBaileyat 89'minutes
  • 8Hourihane
  • 36Pearson
  • 7Scowen
  • 9WinnallSubstituted forWaringat 90+3'minutes
  • 21IbehreBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

  • 4Berry
  • 10Hemmings
  • 11Jennings
  • 22Williams
  • 32Bailey
  • 35Walton
  • 41Waring
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
11,937

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Barnsley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Barnsley 2.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. George Waring replaces Sam Winnall.

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. James Bailey replaces Cameron Stewart.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Wildsmith.

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Barnsley 2. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Derrick Williams (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Wildsmith.

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sam Winnall (Barnsley) because of an injury.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wade Elliott replaces Kieran Agard.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) because of an injury.

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

Booking

Jabo Ibehre (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Barnsley).

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Josh Scowen (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Aaron Wilbraham.

Sam Winnall (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

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

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke Ayling (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Barnsley).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City39259575344184
2Preston372110663323173
3Swindon37217965392670
4MK Dons38209976403669
5Sheff Utd3917101256451161
6Rochdale381751665511456
7Barnsley39168155352156
8Peterborough39175174647-156
9Chesterfield38159145549654
10Bradford371412114842654
11Doncaster381411134848053
12Fleetwood381410143943-452
13Oldham391410154958-952
14Gillingham391312145457-351
15Port Vale39146194856-848
16Walsall381113143642-646
17Coventry391113154454-1046
18Crewe39136203769-3245
19Scunthorpe381111165062-1244
20Notts County381110173952-1343
21Crawley391110184466-2243
22Leyton Orient38119185054-442
23Colchester38108204663-1738
24Yeovil3989222960-3133
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