• English Football League - Championship
  • Saturday, February 20th 2021
  • Ashton Gate
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Match Report

James Crawley

James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate

Posted Saturday, February 20th 2021

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Report: Bristol City 0-1 Barnsley

Carlton Morris came off the bench to compound more misery on Bristol City, whose poor run of form continues.

Morris struck from close range in the second half after a corner caused a goalmouth scramble which the Robins were unable to clear.

Assistant Head Coach Keith Downing spoke of the need to attack Barnsley and there were moments where the Robins looked to get forward more immediately but in truth Barnsley didn’t have to deal with too much.

Still, it felt City might do enough to hold out and earn a point to bring an end to their losing streak but Morris’ 67th minute strike proved enough to separate the sides in BS3.

Steven Sessegnon made a long-awaited return to the first team after recovering from injury and was one of three changes to the starting XI from a midweek defeat to Reading. Sessegnon, who has gained minutes through Under-23s football in recent weeks, shifted into left-wing back, while Kasey Palmer came into midfield and Antoine Semenyo joined the attack. Their introductions to the starting XI meant Jamie Paterson, Ádám Nagy and Nahki Wells were named among the substitutes.

Barnsley enjoyed the better of the play early on, but City certainly looked brighter than in recent times and were looking forward much quicker without really worrying the Tykes defence.

Yet there was a moment to hold your breath when Daryl Dike tumbled in the penalty area, though replays showed the Barnsley number ten simply fell over and to his credit he was instantly back on his feet.

An Alex Mowatt corner then threatened and when Tomas Kalas cleared off the line, Adrian Mariappa had to hook the ball away as City survived the goalmouth action, though a foul was rightly given on Bentley.

Michael Helik then put the ball agonisingly wide after a loose touch from Taylor Moore played the ball into his path. Callum Styles put the ball into the area, it was cushioned down before Moore’s flick put the ball into Helik’s path and he really should have hit the target.

A low delivery from Connor Chaplin then narrowly evaded Dike in the penalty area and fortunately for the Robins, nobody else in yellow was ready to pounce.

But it was a horrible mistake at the other end which nearly gifted the Robins the lead against the run of play. A header back to goalkeeper Brad Collins put the shot-stopper under pressure with Semenyo breathing down his neck and the ball was pushed wide. Palmer kept the chance alive with a shot which rolled across the penalty area, Hunt arrived at the far post with a shot of his own but Barnsley were able to block.

Barnsley soon came back at the hosts and a timely header from Moore, while under pressure from Michael Sollbauer, eased pressure with Mowatt taking the resulting corner. It was similar to their first with the captain looking to cause near-post chaos but City managed to survive once again.

Half-time soon approached and City would have been pleased to hold the Tykes to this point, in part thanks to some good defending. Only a hit-and-hope effort from Brittain looked to catch Bentley out but he always looked to have it covered as the ball whistle off the top of the net, while Famara Diédhiou saw City’s first shot on target with a well-hit strike which Collins held.

But it was as you were early in the second half; the visitors looked a little more comfortable but couldn’t beat Bentley when Brittain went close ten minutes after the break. City lost possession in their own half as the Barnsley attack saw a Styles shot blocked, with the rebound falling for Brittain who showed good close control, but his eventual effort was poked straight at Bentley.

Tyreeq Bakinson made an appearance off the bench when he replaced Henri Lansbury, just as Barnsley had a made a triple substitution of their own with Morris entering the fray.

And he was involved quickly, almost scoring from close range but for quick thinking from Kalas before Mowatt blazed over.

But Valérien Ismaël’s men found the breakthrough when a Mowatt corner towards the far post this time caused chaos. Sollbauer was the man who tried to beat Bentley initially but the keeper did well, though the Tykes man managed to get the ball back across the goalmouth where Morris pounced from close range.

A double change followed with Antoine Semenyo and Zak Vyner replaced by Wells and Paterson, respectively, as City looked to their attacking options, while Nagy would be a later introduction with a change of shape as he replaced Sessegnon with 15 minutes remaining.

But it was a final quarter of an hour where City were still unable to carve open their opponents and a seventh, straight defeat would be confirmed to leave them 15th in the table.

Bristol City

Goals
Substitutions
Henri Lansbury, Zak Vyner, Steven Sessegnon, Antoine Semenyo

Barnsley

Goals
Morris (67')
Substitutions
Michael Sollbauer, Callum Styles, Cauley Woodrow, Daryl Dike, Conor Chaplin
  • KO: 3PM
  • Att:
  • Venue: Ashton Gate
  • Ref: James Linington

Bristol City

  • 1 Daniel Bentley
  • 19 Adrian Mariappa
  • 23 Taylor Moore
  • 22 Tomas Kalas
  • 17 Henri Lansbury
  • 2 Jack Hunt
  • 26 Zak Vyner
  • 45 Kasey Palmer
  • 43 Steven Sessegnon
  • 18 Antoine Semenyo
  • 9 Famara Diédhiou

Substitutes

  • 33 Sam Bell
  • 42 Han-Noah Massengo
  • 21 Nahki Wells
  • 28 Sam Pearson
  • 12 Max O'Leary
  • 10 Jamie Paterson
  • 30 Tyreeq Bakinson
  • 4 Ádám Nagy
  • 34 Ryley Towler

Barnsley

  • 40 Bradley Collins
  • 30 Michal Helik
  • 26 Michael Sollbauer
  • 6 Mads Andersen
  • 27 Alex Mowatt
  • 21 Romal Palmer
  • 4 Callum Styles
  • 7 Callum Brittain
  • 9 Cauley Woodrow
  • 10 Daryl Dike
  • 11 Conor Chaplin

Substitutes

  • 2 Jordan Williams
  • 28 Dominik Frieser
  • 24 Aapo Halme
  • 14 Carlton Morris
  • 20 Toby Peter Sibbick
  • 8 Herbie Kane
  • 29 Victor Adeboyejo
  • 1 Jack Walton
  • 22 Clarke Oduor

Match Overview

Scorers

Bristol City

Barnsley

  • Carlton Morris

Line Up

Bristol City

  • Bentley, Mariappa, Moore, Kalas, Lansbury, Hunt, Vyner, Palmer, Steven Sessegnon, Semenyo, Diédhiou

Barnsley

  • Collins, Helik, Sollbauer, Andersen, Mowatt, Palmer, Styles, Brittain, Woodrow, Dike, Chaplin

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