🚌 Getting to the Gate: Cardiff City
Posted: Thursday, January 20th 2022
Saturday, October 30th 2021
City ended a 17-game winless run at home with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Barnsley.
A quickfire double from Andi Weimann late in the first half was enough to see The Robins over the line for their first win at Ashton Gate since January, after Barnsley had taken an early lead through Aaron Leya Iseka.
City made two changes from the team that started against West Bromwich Albion a week earlier.
Tyreeq Bakinson and Callum Pring come in for Jay Dasilva and Nathan Baker, who is recovering from the blow to the head that forced him off at The Hawthorns.
Eighteen-year-old Ayman Benarous was named on the bench for the first time.
Ashton Gate paid tribute to the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life with a minute's silence before City’s last home game before Remembrance Sunday.
It was an even opening 10 minutes, with neither side testing Dan Bentley or Brad Collins in their respective goals.
The first chance of the game fell to the hosts, as Han-Noah Massengo beat his man to tee up midfield partner Tyreeq Bakinson, but his curling effort sailed just over the crossbar.
The visitors then went close at the other end, as full-back Jordan Williams cut inside from the left and unleashed a fierce shot, which Bentley did well to parry behind for a corner.
Barnsley took the lead just before the half-hour mark, as Cauley Woodrow found Devante Cole inside the City box, and he set up Aaron Leya Iseka to smash past Bentley via a deflection.
Bentley was then forced into another save, as he palmed Callum Brittain's first time effort away.
City equalised soon after, as Nahki Wells’ neat through ball was latched onto by Andi Weimann, and the Austrian smashed past Collins for his fifth goal of the season. Wells had seen a goal of his own chalked out a few moments prior, after his left footed strike found the bottom corner, only for the linesman to have his flag up for offside.
The Robins went in front in the final minute of first half added time, after Massengo did brilliantly to find Chris Martin with a reversed through-ball, and Martin’s pass was perfect for Weimann to coolly slot home his second goal of the afternoon and ensure City went into the break 2-1 ahead.
Nigel Pearson was forced into a change shortly after the restart, after Cameron Pring went down in some discomfort, and was replaced by Jay Dasilva.
The first notable chance of the second period fell to the visitors, as Jordan Williams found himself in space on the left, but his strike was held comfortably by Bentley.
City survived a scare soon after, as a goalmouth scramble led to Barnsley hitting the upright, before Chris Martin and Dan Bentley both did well to make a couple of crucial blocks and scramble the ball away from the City goal.
The hosts then had a great chance to further extend their lead, as Massengo, Weimann and Bakinson led a quick counter-attack, before the latter slotted in Wells, but the Bermudan could only lift his shot over Collins’ goal.
Pearson handed highly rated Benarous a Bristol City debut, as the teenager replaced Bakinson just after the hour-mark.
Bentley made a fantastic save to keep his side ahead, as the City captain got down to his left to block a first time strike from Woodrow, after Williams again did well to carry the ball 50 yards in the build-up.
Barnsley sent ‘keeper Collins up for a corner in added time, and it was him the ball fell to at the back post, but his attempted cutback wasn't enough to trouble the City defence.
The Robins survived last gasp heartbreak, as Barnsley looked certain to equalise, but Cole couldn't turn his header into the empty City net with seconds remaining.
Report by Kory Cook
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