Report: Barnsley 2-2 Bristol City
Posted: Saturday, October 29th 2016
Saturday, October 29th 2016
Lee Johnson believed a point apiece was a fair result on his first return to Oakwell.
In a topsy-turvy contest, City trailed to Marley Watkins’ first-half header and looked set to go 2-0 down only for Frank Fielding to save Sam Winnall’s penalty just before break.
Lee Tomlin then scored from the spot just shy of the hour and Tammy Abraham fired the visitors 2-1 up with only 13 minutes left.
But Johnson’s former player Adam Hammill came off the bench to snatch a point for the hosts with a last-gasp equaliser on the stroke of full time.
“I’m obviously disappointed to go into injury time 2-1 up and then concede – particularly when we had a throw-in high up the pitch and gave the ball away,” the head coach told Bristol City Player HD.
“That’s what Adam Hammill is very good at – when he’s one against one and he can cut inside he always causes problems.
“All in all it was probably a fair result. At 1-0 when the referee had just given them a penalty, I would’ve bitten your hand off for a point.
“At half-time I had to say ‘thank you’ to Frankie for keeping us in the game with the penalty save.
“I wanted to see more bottle to get on the ball. We’re a side who need to get our rhythm and sometimes that comes in the second half because the game stretches.
“We were far too preoccupied by the referee and I thought the players got a bit frustrated with his decisions.
“We needed to take that away from the game because when we do, and we start playing free-flowing stuff, we’re always dangerous.
“We can’t be too despondent because it’s a tough place to come. We go away with a point and still in the top six.”
Johnson confirmed Callum O’Dowda was missing from the squad due to illness, while Luke Freeman’s ankle injury is not as serious as first feared but could still see the midfielder sidelined for two to three weeks.
Fielding appeared to be struggling with his groin in the final moments of the game, but the boss is hopeful there will be no lasting damage to his goalkeeper.
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