- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, January 18th 2020
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 1-0 Barnsley
Saturday, January 18th 2020
Niclas Eliasson starred in the late show at Ashton Gate, with his 87th-minute goal enough to put City level on points with the top-six chasers.
His strike secured the 1-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday, steering the ball home in front of the South Stand after a strong run and cross from Jay Dasilva.
It was one of those games which, as it progressed, always felt it would be settled by the narrowest of margins with both sides fighting to keep pressure at differing ends of the table.
The Robins and the Tykes even hit the crossbar and missed a host of chances, before Eliasson pounced to the lift City to eighth in the Sky Bet Championship.
They made two changes from midweek and Jamie Paterson was handed his first home start of the season since returning from loan. He was joined in the side by the returning Korey Smith and Jay Dasilva, with the pair stepping in to replace Tommy Rowe and Ádám Nagy, respectively.
And it was an encouraging start from City under the winter sun in BS3 and Johnson’s side were denied from talking an early lead by the frame of the goal. It came after an Eliasson corner which was deflected on to the crossbar by a Barnsley player, before the opposition hacked clear.
Dan Bentley was the busiest of the two shotstoppers early on however, producing a good block from Tykes captain Alex Mowatt, followed by an outstretched save to keep out Conor Chaplin’s acrobatics.
Famara Diédhiou would go close for the hosts though, his first was a low shot deflected wide of the far corner, before he headed narrowly off target from an Eliasson cross.
Marcel Ritzmaier could have snuck the visitors into a half-time lead but it wasn’t to be when Jacob Brown’s cross was allowed to roll towards his waiting teammate at the far post. Ritzmaier, a new signing for the visitors, connected with the shot but it fizzed wide of the far post, as the sides went in at the break all square.
The Robins put the pressure on the Tykes in the early second-half exchanges but they couldn’t capitalise with the Yorkshire men pinned back.
Soon Barnsley were fighting back and only last-ditch defending from the experienced Ashley Williams blocked Chaplin’s shot after good running from Luke Thomas. The latter would also stab another effort just wide soon after.
But with the crowd urging City forward, the hosts nearly took the lead but for more composed finishing. Paterson darted down the left, swinging a deep cross as far as Weimann whose shot ricocheted into the path of Eliasson. The winger took a touch to control the ball but on his left foot, scooped the ball over the crossbar when he looked odds-on to bury to give City the lead.
They nearly came to rue that missed opportunity around the hour-mark when it was Barnsley’s turn to hit the woodwork. Thomas was involved again, wriggling his way into the penalty area and his cutback found Ritzmaier, who curled his shot against the crossbar.
It would be an attacking change with five minutes remaining too, as Callum O’Dowda replaced Paterson - and within moments City found the breakthrough.
Dasilva, who had struggled to break forward all game, did so well to beat two players down the left, before producing a cross towards Eliasson on the opposite side. This time the winger made no mistake as he slotted the ball left of the goalkeeper, as Ashton Gate erupted.
Next up for City is a trip to face Reading in the rearranged fixture on Tuesday, January 28th (8pm).
- Eliasson (87')
- Jamie Paterson
- Ben Williams, Luke Thomas