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Npower Championship Matchday Thirty Three: Bristol City v Barnsley
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Ryan Tunnicliffe comes straight into the squad after joining on loan from Manchester United but Scott Golbourne has been ruled out for the rest of the season after surgery on his knee.
Kelvin Etuhu should be fit after breaking his nose last weekend but Stephen Dawson is around a week to 10 days away from returning.
David Flitcroft is likely to name an unchanged starting eleven to bid for a seventh successive victory.
Last time out - Barnsley Team:
Last Six Bristol City v Barnsley Results:
1/9/12 Barnsley 1-0 Bristol City (Championship)
21/4/12 Bristol City 2-0 Barnsley (Championship)
29/10/11 Barnsley 1-2 Bristol City (Championship)
9/4/11 Barnsley 4-2 Bristol City (Championship)
21/8/10 Bristol City 3-3 Barnsley (Championship)
23/3/10 Bristol City 5-3 Barnsley (Championship)
Bristol City Wins: 40
Barnsley Wins: 29
Bristol City Goals: 155
Barnsley Goals: 130
At Bristol City (3 at St John’s Lane, 40 at Ashton Gate):
Bristol City Wins: 31
Barnsley Wins: 4
Bristol City Goals: 101
Barnsley Goals: 37This Season
Last six 2012-2013 results:
19/2/13 Crystal Palace 2-1 Bristol City (Championship)
16/2/13 Cardiff 2-1 Bristol City (Championship)
9/2/13 Bristol City 2-0 Nottingham Forest (Championship)
2/2/13 Blackburn 2-0 Bristol City (Championship)
29/1/13 Bristol City 2-0 Watford (Championship)
26/1/13 Bristol City 2-1 Ipswich (Championship)
W: 3 D: 0 L: 3 F: 8 A: 7 GD: +1 Points: 9
19/2/13 Barnsley 2-1 Wolves (Championship)
16/2/13 MK Dons 1–3 Barnsley (FA Cup)
9/2/13 Middlesbrough 2-3 Barnsley (Championship)
2/2/13 Blackpool 1-2 Barnsley (Championship)
29/1/13 Barnsley 2–0 Millwall (Championship)
26/1/13 Hull 0–1 Barnsley (FA Cup)
W: 6 D: 0 L: 0 F: 13 A: 5 GD: +8 Points: 12* ( two victories in FA Cup)
Barnsley have a woeful record at Bristol City, winning just four of their 43 visits, the last of which came 20 years ago.
The Reds have failed to win any of their last 12 trips to Ashton Gate and have lost five of the last six.
There is usually goals when Barnsley are in town. The last six meetings at Ashton Gate have produced 24 goals and in that spell Barnsley have managed to score three times on two occasions but still not won.
On the last meeting in Bristol, the home side won 2-0, in April 2012, to take them over the 100 mark in home goals scored against Barnsley.
Barnsley defeated City 1-0 at Oakwell back in September, which until David Flitcroft took over was The Reds’ last home win! But it is 56 years since they last did a league double over the Robins. Back in 1956-57 season Barnsley won 2-1 at Ashton Gate and then 3-0 at Oakwell.
The Robins currently prop up the Championship table, six points adrift of safety but they have won each of their last three home matches, keeping clean sheets in two of those.
They have managed six home wins this season, the highest amount amongst the division’s bottom eight sides and are bidding for a fourth successive home victory, last achieved in April 2011.
Their 30 home goals scored is also the best of anybody outside the top nine.
However their leaky home defence has let them down. City have shipped 34 goals in front of their own supporters this season and 62 overall. Nobody has conceded more home goals in the Championship or more goals overall.
Bristol City have lost 20 of their 33 league games this season- the most in the top FIVE levels of English football.
Just like at this stage last season the Robins have 31 points from 33 games, but 12 months ago they were six points off bottom spot. Barnsley are five points and six places worse off than they were 12 months ago.
Barnsley have now won six matches in a row for the first time in 33 years and four league games on the bounce for the first time since December 2011.
It is the sixth time The Reds have won six matches on the bounce. The other years were 1927, 1938, 1939, 1960 and 1980.
Along with Yeovil, Barnsley are on the longest current winning streak in the Premier and Football League.
It is 58 years since The Reds won seven on the spin. Back in the 1954-55 Third Division North title success they won 10 matches in a row between the 5th March and 23rd April 1955. Tranmere, Stockport, Hartlepool, Gateshead, Darlington, Chesterfield, Bradford (twice) Crewe and Carlisle were the victims.
It is 17 years since they last won five league matches in a row. Back in the 1996-1997 promotion season the Reds won their opening five league matches.
Barnsley are also hunting for their fifth successive away victory. This would equal a club record.
The Reds are unbeaten now in nine matches in all competitions, their longest unbeaten run for eight years. Back in the 2005-2006 promotion season they managed to go 11 matches without defeat from 22nd October 2005 to 13th December 2005.
Barnsley have scored at least twice in each of their last five matches. They have not managed this feat in six successive games for 13 years. Back in December 1999/January 2000 they managed it in seven successive games by hitting 3,3,3,2,2,2,5.
Barnsley have also managed to score in each of their last 13 matches since a 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in December. It is their longest consecutive scoring run since the start of the 1999-2000 season when they netted in each of their first 13 games.
The last time they managed to net in 14 successive games was the 1996-1997 promotion season.
The Reds have lost just once under David Flitcroft, but it came the last time they faced a side in the Championship relegation zone- Peterborough on New Year’s Day.
The Reds have netted first half goals in two of their last four Championship matches but are the division’s lowest first half scorers with 12.
On This Day:
Played: 11 Won: 5 Drawn: 4 Lost: 2 Scored 20 Conceded 16.
Last match on the 23rd February: 2008. Colchester 1-2 Bristol City (Adebola, McIndoe.) ATT: 5,609.
Last win: 2008
Last draw: 2002
Last defeat: 1980
STAT! – Bristol City are unbeaten in their last five matches on this date and have won four of the last five
Played: 12 Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 8 Scored: 12 Conceded: 27.
Last match on the 23rd February: 2008. Norwich 1-0 Barnsley. ATT: 24,197.
Last win: 1935
Last draw: 1980
Last defeat: 2008
STAT! Barnsley have won only twice on this date and have not won in their last eight. They have lost their last four on the 23rd February.
Saturday 23rd February 2013:
Blackburn v Leeds
Blackpool v Leicester
Bolton v Hull
Brighton v Burnley
Charlton v Nottingham Forest
Huddersfield v Ipswich
Peterborough v Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday v Crystal Palace
Watford v Derby
Middlesbrough v Millwall
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