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Alternative match report for Bristol City 3-1 Barnsley

Bristol City made an impressive start to the new season with a comfortable victory over Barnsley. 

The fans arriving to the game had high hopes after an exciting pre-season with eight victories out of a possible nine. Those high hopes were given an extra vote of confidence as City started the game well, playing good football and creating chances. Notably the best chance occurred after a long, direct free kick was floated into the Barnsley penalty area and the ball fell kindly to Josh Brownhill who unfortunately saw his strike cannon off the crossbar.

After a short spell of Barnsley pressure, that saw them too, hit the crossbar, City made the breakthrough courtesy of Bobby Reid, who has continued his good pre-season form into the new season.

A second shortly followed for City after Reid again got himself involved, after a nice turn on the by-line Reid hung up a cross for new record signing Farama Diedhiou, who nodded the ball home. Just five minutes later the third goal came and yet again it was Bobby Reid who had the ball in the back of the net. This time turning home a rebound after a low Joe Bryan drilled shot.

Diedhiou looked bright on his competitive debut for the Reds and provided some reminiscence of Jonathan Kodjia; willing to run in behind defenders, skillful and powerful.

As half-time arrived City were in cruise control and Barnsley posed little threat. The score line could have been further increased but for Adam Davies in between the sticks for Barnsley, it wasn’t. 

The second half continued as the first had finished, City dominant and Barnsley looking down and out. Bobby Reid had an opportunity to complete his hat-trick late on but, his shot was wild and the finishing that he displayed in the first half seemed to have escaped him.

"Bobby is a fantastic finisher. I'm delighted for him; it's great to score goals in pre-season, but the key is the season."

Lee Johnson - Manager

Barnsley pulled one back with a neat move that carved through City’s defence and allowed Ryan Hedges to slot his shot past Frank Fielding. 

Overall, the score may not have represented how dominant City were throughout the game however the win puts the Reds top of the Championship after the first round of fixtures. There were plenty of encouraging signs for the season ahead, particularly the good form of Bobby Reid who seems to be the ideal replacement after Lee Tomlin’s departure to Cardiff City.

Up next for City is a home fixture against Plymouth Argyle in the Carabao Cup’s first round.

Line ups - 4-4-1-1 1 Fielding 4-4-2           1 Davies

2 Pisano                   2 McCarthy

5 Wright                   18 Jackson

31 Hegeler (82)        5 MacDonald

3 Bryan                    17 Yiadom

8 Brownhill               20 Potts (63)

21 Pack                   10 Moncur

7 Smith                     4 Williams

20 Paterson  (73)      27 Mowatt

14 Reid  x2 (81)        9 Bradshaw (46)

9 Diedhiou  x1           19 Ugbo (79)

Subs – Bristol City: Lucic, Flint (82), Magnusson, Vyner, O’Neil, O’Dowda (73), Engall (81).

Barnsley: Townsend, Pinnock, Hammill (46), Hedges (63), Bird, Brown, Payne (79).

Crowd: 18,742 (1,220 away)

Referee: Andy Davies

Written by Nathan, work experience from Hartpury College.

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