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3 things we clearly learnt about Bristol City after 2-1 win v Barnsley

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Bristol City managed to pick up a much-needed 2-1 win at home against Barnsley on Saturday to get their form back on track in the Championship.

Nigel Pearson’s side went into the game under pressure to recover their form after the Robins ha suffered three defeats on the bounce in the Championship. Those losses against Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and West Brom had left the Robins needing to show a positive reaction to start looking up the table once again.

It was a major chance to secure all three points considering that Barnsley travelled to Ashton Gate under mounting pressure, due to the fact that they had suffered six successive defeats in the Championship to leave them second from bottom.

The Robins were able to record the vital three points and that was the most important thing to come from the game. However, there were still plenty of other things that Pearson will have learned about his players following this success.

Here, we take a look at THREE things we clearly learnt about Bristol City following their win against Barnsley…

Bristol City show they can secure vital home victories

Heading into the game against Barnsley, Bristol City were on a dismal run of games without a win in front of their own supporters at Ashton Gate. The last few home games had seen them surrender a lead against Nottingham Forest in stoppage and even concede twice to lose that match. While they have also failed to win other games that they should have.

Pearson was always going to be a manager under pressure at Bristol City until he managed to turn around their form in front of their own supporters. When the Robins went a goal down against Barnsley it looked bleak for them considering their poor home record and the fact that the Tykes were a side that they were the favourites to beat.

Bristol City showed a lot of character when they needed it most to turn around the game and get themselves ahead of Barnsley by the time the half time whistle was blown. Despite them not performing brilliantly they were able to grind out the result and finally end their lengthy winless run at Ashton Gate.

It was a result and performance that showed this Bristol City squad does have what it takes to secure wins on home soil in the Championship. This has to now be a spark for them to deliver better performances and to keep recording wins to ensure that they do not go on another run as bad as they had been before Saturday.

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Andreas Weimann continues to underline his importance

Bristol City showed a lot of faith in Andreas Weimann in the summer when they made the decision to hand him a new three-year contract despite him having missed most of last term through cruciate knee ligament injury.

That came despite them having decided to trim down the squad by releasing a number of key squad players when their deals had expired.

Weimann did manage to score twice in seven appearances in the league last term an that showed that if he could recover well and come back to action this season then he could be a potential threat for the Robins in the final third.

The Austrian has certainly proven to be just that for Pearson’s side so far this term. Against Barnsley, Weimann was on hand to produce two strong finishes within the space of five minutes to turn the game around for the Robins just before the break. Those were his first two goals for Bristol City at Ashton Gate in the Championship for nearly two years.

It takes the forward’s tally to six goals in 15 appearances for the Robins this season and without his goals Bristol City would be in a far worse position than they are at the moment. Keeping Weimann fit and firing is going to be crucial for them.

Bristol City show mental strength that has been missing at times this season

The win against Barnsley saw the Robins able to grind out a victory when they were far from their best for the first time arguably this season. They have managed to perform much better in various games this term that have ultimately ended up with them dropping vital points in the Championship.

A few games ago, Bristol City had been playing well against Nottingham Forest and looking on course to secure three very important points. However, they then ended up crumbling under pressure from the Reds in stoppage time and conceded not once, but twice to end up somehow snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

When Barnsley were piling the pressure on towards the end of the game in the second period in search of an equaliser, the Robins were able to remain strong enough in defence to see out the game and make sure that they did not surrender the lead.

That is the kind of character and fighting spirit that they need to show now more often during the rest of the campaign. If they can do that coupled with some stronger performances that they have show they are capable of then they can climb the table.


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