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3 things we learned about Bristol City in their draw with Barnsley

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On Friday night, Lee Johnson’s Bristol City side drew 2-2 away to Barnsley in front of the Sky Sports cameras for City’s second consecutive draw in a row.

Ashley Williams netted two minutes from half-time as he headed in Niclas Eliasson’s free-kick at the back post, before Andreas Weimann guided in another Eliasson delivery from out wide to double City’s lead.

Aapo Halme headed in 13 minutes from time to get Barnsley back into the tie, before former Bristol City striker Cauley Woodrow poked in with the final kick of the game.

Here, we take a look at three things we learned about Bristol City from their draw away at Oakwell…

City missed Josh Brownhill

The influential captain of the Robins was forced off with injury half an hour into the game, and he was forced to miss his first minutes of Championship action this season.

Brownhill was dictating the tempo of the play and was doing his normal job as an energetic box-to-box midfielder however his substitution saw Barnsley grab a stranglehold on midfield in his absence.

The 23-year-old is effective in the City midfield and has become an integral part of the way Lee Johnson likes his side to play, and the former Barnsley man being forced off with a back spasm didn’t help the Robins’ cause on Friday.

Niclas Eliasson is an important part of the Robins’ side

Winger Niclas Eliasson was the replacement for Brownhill as he left the pitch early at Oakwell, and the winger proved to once again be an important part of City when he plays.

The 23-year-old assisted both goals with two delicious deliveries into the box from set-pieces, as well as assisting the Bristol City equaliser against Wigan Athletic in another 2-2 draw eight days ago.

Should Eliasson be starting for Bristol City?

Yes

Yes

No

No

The Swede’s attacking intent gives Bristol City a chance of creating something out of nothing when further up the pitch, and slowly but surely the winger is working his way back into Johnson’s plans.

The defence needs work on defending corners

In the last two games, Bristol City have conceded three out of four goals from corners, and Halme was allowed a free run at the near post to head in Barnsley’s first goal to start the comeback.

If the likes of Ashley Williams and Tomas Kalas can take charge when lining up to defend a corner and help organise their team-mates, then the Robins’ defensive frailties may pass and City have an easier ride to the three points in games.


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