Barnsley 2-0 Bristol City: Struggling Tykes move to within two points of safety

Michal Helik
Michal Helik’s goal was his first in 39 appearances for Barnsley this season

Improving Barnsley boosted their Championship survival hopes with a comprehensive win over Bristol City.

Carlton Morris converted from close range after the visitors failed to clear Amine Bassi’s left-wing corner and Michal Helik headed in from another Bassi corner from the left.

Morris forced a decent reaction save from Daniel Bentley as the home side looked to make the points safe after the break, before home defender Liam Kitching headed a Chris Martin header off the line in the closing minutes.

Victory moved the Tykes to within two points of fourth-bottom Reading.

Poya Asbaghi’s men have now won four and drawn two of their past eight matches, having lost their previous six league games.

They had been pegged back to draw 1-1 in both of their previous home games, against Stoke and Fulham respectively, but that never looked like happening for a third successive match.

City boss Nigel Pearson will have been unhappy with his side’s defending for both of the Barnsley goals, with both scorers unmarked.

The Tykes visit South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United on Saturday, while the 18th-placed Robins host West Brom.

Line-ups

Barnsley

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 40collins
  • 7Brittain
  • 30Helik
  • 6andersen
  • 26VitaSubstituted forOduordid 90+3′minutes
  • 33Wolfe
  • 17gomes
  • 4stylesSubstituted forKitchingdid 72′minutes
  • 27Bassi
  • 28Which does not have
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forColedid 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1walton
  • 5Kitching
  • 11Leya Iseka
  • 21Palmer
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Hallme
  • 44Cole

Bristol City

Training 5-3-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 14Weimann
  • 24Cundy
  • 25klose
  • 5Atkinson
  • 3Dasilva
  • 36ScottSubstituted forwilliamsdid 39′minutesSubstituted forWellsdid 55′minutes
  • 6james
  • 42Massengo
  • 9Martin
  • 18SemenyoSubstituted forConwaydid 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8williams
  • 13Wiles-Richards
  • 16pring
  • 21Wells
  • 26vyner
  • 33Bell
  • 37Conway

Referee:
David Webb

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