Tykes open away account at Ashton Gate

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Last season games between the Reds of Bristol City and the Reds of Barnsley produced 13 goals as the Robins took all six points. 

At Oakwell in October 2009, Bristol City won 3-2 and in March this year, Barnsley were on the wrong end of a 5-3 scoreline at Ashton Gate. Given that, perhaps it was no surprise then that the fixture on Saturday produced another six goals.

Going into the game, Tykes fans would probably have settled for a point, but reflecting on the way the match actually went, then it will be seen as two points lost.

In a fantastic opening burst Barnsley found themselves two nil to the good after 12 minutes with a double from Andy Gray, but within nine minutes the lead had been wiped out after goals from Marvin Elliott and Albert Adomah brought the Robins level. 

However, into the second half and the Tykes were ahead again through Adam Hammill's deflected shot. Bristol City came back again though when Jay McEveley fouled Ivan Sproule, which gave the opportunity for David Clarkson to put away the resulting penalty.

It is still very early days in the new season, but there must be concern that in the two away fixtures in the Championship, the Tykes have conceded seven goals. As a defensive unit something is evidently not working. 

On the positive side of things, Barnsley are creating opportunities away from home. However, if you score three and the club has any real chance to get amongst the play-off places, then games like Saturday have to be translated into three points.

The focus now switches to the home game against Middlesbrough. Gordon Stratchan’s team currently have the same points as the Tykes and as yet the influx of players from Scotland haven’t fully settled in. 

However, Kris Boyd opened his account for the season as his goal settled Boro’s game against Sheffield United. A win at the weekend will mean Barnsley are unbeaten in three games, and will show that there is a bit of momentum being gathered and that the Tykes have beaten one of the pre-season favourites for promotion.

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