Bristol City 3 Barnsley 1: Reds crash to ex-boss Lee Johnson’s side

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Barnsley were distinctly second best as they crashed to defeat at Bristol City on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Paul Heckingbottom’s Reds did produce something of a fightback in an improved second-half display, but Lee Johnson’s Bristol City had already been well clear thanks to a dominant opening period.

Sub Ryan Hedges flicked home a stoppage-time consolation goal, but it proved far from enough.

It proved to be a disastrous first 45 minutes of the campaign for the Reds.

However, that came after the visitors to Ashton Gate had made a bright start and were denied early on by the woodwork.

George Moncur found space superbly, before curling a sweet left-foot strike against the crossbar.

It went downhill from there.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Bobby Reid fired home a rebound after Adam Davies had parried an initial effort from Famara Diedhiou.

Nine minutes later it was Senegalese front-man Diedhiou who struck when he outjumped Andy Yiadom to head home.

It was 3-0 just beyond the half-hour mark when Reid flicked in a rather fortunate second goal of the day after Jamie Paterson’s shot had been saved by Davies.

After the restart the Reds rallied somewhat, with Brad Potts seeing a header saved by Frank Fielding.

Half-time sub Adam Hammill then flashed a shot narrowly over the top.

Fellow sub Hedges also looked lively late on and he drove a shot narrowly wide.

He then flicked home from close range deep into added time after decent build-up play from Moncur.

Bristol City (4-4-2): Fielding; Pisano, Wright, Hegeler (Flint, 80), Bryan; Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Paterson (O’Dowda, 72); Diedhiou, Reid (Engvall, 80). Subs not used: Lucic, Magnusson, Vyner, O’Neil.

Barnsley (4-4-2): Davies; McCarthy, MacDonald, Jackson, Yiadom; Potts (Hedges, 63), Williams, Moncur, Mowatt; Ugbo (Payne, 77), Bradshaw (Hammill, 46).Subs not used: Townsend, Pinnock, Bird, Brown.

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire).