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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.

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:

"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
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


Bristol City

Formation 3-5-1-1

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


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


Formation 4-4-2

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


  • 4Berry
  • 10Hemmings
  • 11Jennings
  • 22Williams
  • 32Bailey
  • 35Walton
  • 41Waring
Mark Brown

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBarnsley
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 2, Barnsley 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Barnsley 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. George Waring replaces Sam Winnall.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Barnsley).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. James Bailey replaces Cameron Stewart.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Wildsmith.

  11. Post update

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

  12. 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.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Wildsmith.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Wade Elliott replaces Kieran Agard.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

1Bristol City39259575344184
4MK Dons38209976403669
5Sheff Utd3917101256451161
15Port Vale39146194856-848
20Notts County381110173952-1343
22Leyton Orient38119185054-442
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