Npower Championship Matchday Three: Bristol City v Barnsley

19 August 2010 11:42
Match Preview   Team News: Reds boss Mark Robins has doubts over Liam Dickinson and Jim O’Brien for the long trip down to the South West. Dickinson picked up a knock in the reserves 4-1 triumph over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek whilst O’Brien is still waiting to make his debut. Goran Lovre has recovered after getting knocked out in the win over Crystal Palace last weekend.   Likely Lineup: Luke Steele Jay McEveley Jason Shackell Stephen Foster Bobby Hassell Adam Hammill Diego Arismendi Hugo Colace Kieran Trippier Goran Lovre Andy Gray Head To Head: Barnsley head to Ashton Gate on the back of an appalling record there. The Reds have won just four of their 41 trips and there has been no victory since October 1993. They have lost the last four meetings including a 5-3 thumping last season. Back in March, Danny Haynes gave City a second minute lead only for Hugo Colace to level within seconds. Daniel Bogdanovic then put The Reds in front on 25 but the team then imploded. Nicky Maynard with a brace, another strike from Haynes and a Paul Hartley penalty put City 5-2 up before Andy Gray pulled a goal back with nine minutes remaining. This follows on from a 2-0 defeat in 2008-2009 and a controversial 3-2 reverse in 2007-2008. Back in that season Barnsley led twice- for less than five minutes both times with goals from Jon Macken and Dennis Souza cancelled out by Enoch Showunmi. The controversy centred on the second half though when Jamal Campbell-Ryce- then a red now a robin, went down in the area under a challenge from Liam Fontaine. Instead of giving a penalty referee Keith Hill showed the Jamaican his second yellow card. To add insult to injury Darren Byfield won it for City in injury time. It is almost roles reversal at Oakwell however with The Reds winning 24 of the 42 meetings. One of City’s eight victories came last season however in another controversial 3-2 reverse. Last October Maynard and Evander Sno put Bristol into a 2-0 half time lead but when an error from Robins keeper Dean Gerken allowed Bogdanovic’s shot to squirm in with half an hour left, The Reds were on top. Then referee Andy Haines stepped in and after Ryan Shotton had shepherded Haynes off the ball, Haines awarded a spot kick and Marvin Elliott- with a rebound - gave City their two goal advantage back. Adam Hammill netted a consolation at the death. It was just like watching Brazil back in 2007 however when Barnsley became the first time to beat the Robins after their promotion. The Reds triumphed 3-0 in one of their best displays in recent times. Brian Howard, Dennis Souza and Martin Devaney grabbed the goals. Barnsley 2-3 Bristol City Match Report 24/10/09 Barnsley 0-0 Bristol City Match Report 25/10/08 Barnsley 3-0 Bristol City Match Report 2/10/07 Barnsley 2-0 Bristol City Match Report 4/2/06 Last Six Bristol City v Barnsley results: 23/3/10 Bristol City 5-3 Barnsley (Championship) 24/10/09 Barnsley 2-3 Bristol City (Championship) 31/1/09 Bristol City 2-0 Barnsley (Championship) 25/10/08 Barnsley 0-0 Bristol City (Championship) 22/12/07 Bristol City 3-2 Barnsley (Championship) 2/10/07 Barnsley 3-0 Bristol City (Championship) Overall Record: Bristol City Wins: 38 Barnsley Wins: 28 Draws: 17 Bristol City Goals: 147 Barnsley Goals: 125 At Bristol City (38 out of 41 at Ashton Gate): Bristol City Wins: 30 Barnsley Wins: 4 Draws: 7 Bristol City Goals: 96 Barnsley Goals: 34 Last Season/This Season: Bristol City were thrown into turmoil just five days into the season when Steve Coppell resigned as manager just four months after taking the reigns at Ashton Gate. The departure and retirement of the 55 year old came about after the Robins had lost their first two matches of the new season. They were thumped 3-0 at home to newly promoted Millwall on the opening day and then were dumped out of the Carling Cup by Southend after extra time. Coppell was immediately replaced by his assistant Keith Millen- the man in caretaker charge for Barnsley’s 5-3 defeat last season- and he led City to their first point of the season last weekend at Doncaster. It was very nearly all three after Damion Stewart had fired them in front at the Keepmoat, but a Billy Sharp penalty in the 90th minute denied Millen the victory. This poor start came after a disappointing campaign last season. Under former manager Gary Johnson the Robins were riding on the crest of a wave after promotion in 2007 and then a play-off final in 2008. Last season proved a disappointment however with a blitz of last minute goals denying them crucial points and saw Johnson depart on the 18th March after a 3-2 defeat at Plymouth which left City in 15th position. Millen led them to a 10th place finish before Coppell’s arrival and quick exit. The lasting legacy of Coppell’s reign will undoubtedly be the incredible capture of England goal-keeper David James. The 40 year old who holds the all time appearance record for Premier League games moved to Ashton Gate on a free transfer from Portsmouth in the summer after becoming England’s number one at the World Cup and letting in four goals to Germany. He has conceded four goals in the first two games of his City career. Barnsley fans and management breathed a huge sigh of relief at 5pm last Saturday when they secured their first win in 13 matches. The Reds are still waiting for one of their own to score a goal this season after Palace’s Patrick McCarthy steered in the winning goal last weekend. Last six 2009-2010/ 2010-2011 results: Bristol City: 14/8/10 Doncaster 1-1 Bristol City (Championship) 10/8/10 Southend 3-2 Bristol City (Carling Cup) 7/8/10 Bristol City 0-3 Millwall (Championship) 2/5/10 Blackpool 1-1 Bristol City (Championship) 24/4/10 Bristol City 2-1 Derby (Championship) 17/4/10 Scunthorpe 3-0 Bristol City (Championship) W: 1 D: 2 L: 3 F: 6 A: 12 GD: -6 Points: 5 Barnsley: 14/8/10 Barnsley 1-0 Crystal Palace (Championship) 10/8/10 Barnsley 0-1 Rochdale (Carling Cup) 7/8/10 QPR 4-0 Barnsley (Championship) 2/5/10 West Brom 1-1 Barnsley (Championship) 24/4/10 Barnsley 0-1 QPR (Championship) 17/4/10 Swansea 3-1 Barnsley (Championship) W: 1 D: 1 L: 4 F: 3 A: 10 GD: -7 Points: 4 On This Day: Bristol City have a patchy record on the 21st August, winning five and losing six of the 12 games they have played on this date. They lost their most recent match- 2-1 at home to Swindon in 2004, but won the game before- 2-1 at home to Cheltenham in 2001. Overall playing record for 21st August: Bristol City: Played 12, Won 5, Drawn 1, Lost 6, Scored 18, Conceded 22. Barnsley’s record isn’t that much better but they have won six and lost just three of the 13 matches they have played. In fact The Reds haven’t lost on the 21st August since a 3-0 reverse at Rotherham in 1971- a total of seven matches. Their most recent result on this date was a 2-2 draw at Walsall in 2004. Overall playing record for 21st August: Barnsley: Played 13, Won 6, Drawn 4, Lost 3, Scored 15, Conceded 13. Mad Sites: Official Sites: Other Fixtures: Coventry v Derby, 12:15 Leeds United v Millwall, 12:30 Burnley v Leicester, 15:00 Cardiff v Doncaster, 15:00 Crystal Palace v Ipswich, 15:00 Hull v Watford, 15:00 Norwich v Swansea, 15:00 Preston v Portsmouth, 15:00 QPR v Scunthorpe, 15:00 Reading v Nott'm Forest, 15:00 Sunday, 22 August 2010 Middlesbrough v Sheff Utd, 13:15