Coca-Cola Championship Matchday Nine: Barnsley v Bristol City

Last updated : 02 October 2007 By Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)

Early Reds Team News

Istvan Ferenczi will miss out tonight after suffering a sprained ankle in the weekend draw with Cardiff. The injury is likely to keep "Stan" out for up to three weeks. This should give £400,000 Peruvian Miguel Mostto another chance to shine. Dominik Werling returns to the squad after serving a one match suspension but is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench with Rob Kozluk back in the side.

Martin Devaney may start in place of the subdued Grant McCann whilst Nick Colgan should be on the bench despite rumours he handed in a transfer request today!

Probable Line-Up:

Heinz Muller

Stephen Foster

Lewin Nyatanga

Dennis Souza

Rob Kozluk

Martin Devaney

Anderson De Silva

Brian Howard ©

Jamal Campbell-Ryce

Kayode Odejayi

Miguel Mostto

Head to Head

Barnsley should be confident going into tonight's encounter having beaten Bristol City on three of their last four visits to Oakwell. In fact in 39 matches between the two sides at Oakwell Barnsley have won 23 of them to Bristol City's 7.

The last time these two sides met was in League One in the promotion season of 2005-2006.

Barnsley carving out a fine 2-0 victory on the 4th February 2006 courtesy of a brace from Marc Richards that left The Reds 4th in League One after 3 successive 2-0 victories!

BARNSLEY: Colgan, Hassell, Heckingbottom, Reid (Laight 86), Burns, Hayes, Howard, Kay, Shuker (Wright 40), Williams, Richards.

Subs: Flinders, Nardiello, Heslop.

BRISTOL CITY: Phillips, Smith (Brown 73), Heywood, Carey, Murray, Woodman, Russell, Cotterill (Stewart 68), Skuse, Savage, Andrew.

Subs: Noble, Fontaine.

Barnsley 2-0 Bristol City Report: Saturday 4th February 2006

Earlier on in the season however The Reds were trounced 3-0 at Ashton Gate after a terrible first half saw Steve Brooker and Marcus Stewart (2) plunder goals.

BRISTOL CITY: Phillips, Orr, Sankofa, Partridge, Woodman, Cotterill, Skuse, Wilkshire, Brown (Murray 66), Stewart (Madjo 62), Brooker (Bridges 76).

Subs: Burch, Keogh.

BARNSLEY: Colgan, Hassell, Reid, Burns, Hayes (Nardiello 56), Conlon (Richards 71), Wroe, Shuker, Tonge, Williams, Devaney (Howard 51).

Subs: Flinders, Laight.

The last time the two sides met at this level was in the 1998-1999 season where Barnsley won 2-0 at home and drew 1-1 away. Barnsley finished that season 13th, Bristol City ended rock bottom!

Last 6 Barnsley v Bristol City Results:

4/2/06 Barnsley 2-0 Bristol City (League One)

27/9/05 Bristol City 3-0 Barnsley (League One)

12/3/05 Bristol City 0-0 Barnsley (League One)

10/8/04 Barnsley 2-1 Bristol City (League One)

2/5/04 Barnsley 0-1 Bristol City (Division Two)

16/12/03 Barnsley 2-1 Bristol City (FA Cup)

Overall Record:

Barnsley Wins: 27

Bristol City Wins: 34

Draws: 16

Barnsley Goals: 115

Bristol City Goals: 134

This Season

After winning promotion as runners-up in League One last season Bristol City have made a flying start to their first season in English football's second tier for nine years.

They are one of only four teams in English football still undefeated (Arsenal, Liverpool and Leeds being the other three) and have won two and drawn two on the road.

Queens Park Rangers, Blackpool, Scunthorpe, Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry, West Brom, Burnley and Preston have all tried and failed to beat Gary Johnson's men this term, now its Barnsley's turn to try.

After being hammered 4-1 by Coventry on the opening day Barnsley have turned Oakwell into something of a fortress, winning two and drawing one of the other three games. Keeping Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink quiet on Saturday should give The Reds defence confidence as they get ready to face Lee Trundle and ex Barnsley boy Michael McIndoe.

Last 6 2007-2008 Results:


29/9/07 Barnsley 1-1 Cardiff (Championship)

22/9/07 Southampton 2-3 Barnsley (Championship)

18/9/07 Stoke City 0-0 Barnsley (Championship)

15/9/07 Barnsley 2-0 Scunthorpe (Championship)

1/9/07 West Brom 2-0 Barnsley (Championship)

29/8/07 Newcastle 2-0 Barnsley (League Cup)

W:2 D:2 L:2 F:6 A:7 GD: -1 Points: 8

Bristol City:

29/9/07 Preston 0-0 Bristol City (Championship)

22/9/07 Bristol City 2-2 Burnley (Championship)

18/9/07 Bristol City 1-1 West Brom (Championship)

15/9/07 Coventry 0-3 Bristol City (Championship)

1/9/07 Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Bristol City (Championship)

29/8/07 Bristol City 1-2 Manchester City (League Cup)

W: 2 D:3 L:1 F:8 A:5 GD: +3 Points: 9

Barnsley lie 8th in the Coca Cola Championship with 12 points from 8 games.

Bristol City lie 4th in the Coca Cola Championship with 14 points from 8 games