Half time at Oakwell
Fourth Official: Chris Akers
Assistant Referees: Steve Copeland & Barry Gordon
Referee: Steve Rushton
Subs: Lewis Carey, Davies, Morris, Nyatanga, Taylor, Elliott, Anderson.
Bristol City: Heaton, Baldock, Louis Carey, Pearson, Stead, Skuse, Adomah, Fontaine (c), Woolford, Cunningham, Wilson.
Subs: Lidakevicius, Harewood, Rose, Etuhu, Stones, Collins, Noble-Lazarus.
Barnsley: Alnwick, Cranie, Hassell, Golbourne, Wiseman (c), Foster, Dawson, Mellis, Cywka, Dagnall, Davies.
In the dying seconds Mark Wilson did threaten the Barnsley goal with a deflected effort that flashed wide but it was his side who were lucky to be level.
As the clock ticked past the half-hour mark Barnsley were really taking the game to City with great drive and creativity. Mellis burst forward and exchanged passes with Dawson before thumping just wide of the post.
A routine save for Heaton came on 23 minutes but it wasn’t long before the former Manchester United man was in action again. Cywka sent in a delicious delivery onto the head of Davies and his downward header seemed destined for the bottom corner but Heaton scrambled across his line to parry wide.
As the hosts turned up the heat Dagnall went close as he forced Heaton into a good save with a thunderous drive from the edge of a box.
On 10 minutes the City woodwork was rattled as Craig Davies cut in from the left, taking on Cywka’s pass before unleashing a rifled drive onto the far post.
It did take a while for the Tykes to get into gear following Baldock shooting over from a short corner on four minutes prior to Stead’s deflected strike being stopped by Alnwick.
It was all Barnsley at Oakwell but somehow the Reds found themselves goalless with Bristol City in the September sun at the midway point of the match.
Bristol City 0