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Eliasson thrilled with late match-winning goal

Niclas Eliasson described the “amazing feeling” as his 87th-minute goal proved vital in the 1-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday.

He kept his cool to tuck home in front of the South Stand, after good work down the left from Jay Dasilva.

Both sides missed glorious chances and hit the woodwork in a game which meant a lot to either team; City pushing to keep pressure on the top six, while the Tykes fight to get away from the relegation zone.

The win, city’s second league victory in a row, lifts them to eighth in the Sly Bet Championship, level on points with fellow play-off chasers Nottingham Forest and Millwall.

“Yes, it was an amazing feeling at the end of the day to score that late goal and get the three points,” Eliasson told the club website. “It wasn’t the prettiest game over 90 minutes, but we wanted to win at home and for the fans to go home happy with three points.

“We had a few good chances; I had one, Famara (Diédhiou) had a few as well so we didn’t want to come back in with only one point. So, it was a good feeling, especially that late to see the ball go in and get the three points.”

The winger could have opened the scores earlier when it rebounded into his path, but with little time to react, he would put the ball over the crossbar.

“Andi (Weimann) had the shot and I didn’t expect the ball to come back to me,” Eliasson said. “I should have hit the target but in the second one I was more composed, hit the target and saw the ball go in so it was nice.

“Of course, that is something I have been working on in training, to always get into the goal scoring areas, to get in the box and when the ball comes to you, like today after a ball in from Jay. He took on two players and got a good ball in, so adding the goals to help the team to get the win was good.”

City now have 10 days before they are back in action against Reading, the perfect chance to rest up and prepare. The fixture versus the Royals has been rearranged due to Reading’s advancement in the Emirates FA Cup.

Eliasson added: “We wanted to go through in the cup which was disappointing so now we have to put 100 per cent focus in the league and get even more wins in the games coming up.

“We will have a few days off and then come back in, focused and work hard to be ready for the next game.”