The Robins Shoot into the Top Six

Bristol City have continued to stake their claim as promotion contenders, by securing an away win against Barnsley and a spot in the playoff places to boot.

The 3-2 victory marked Bristol City’s first away win this season, with some commentators suggesting that the scoreline flattered the home side, who struggled to deal with the Robins’ superior attacking prowess.

The home side, angered by the rejection of an early penalty shout when City defender Lewin Nyatanga appeared to handle the ball in the box after a slip, went 1-0 down in the 26th minute thanks to City’s top-scorer Nicky Maynard. The goal was the former Crewe man’s eight of the season so far.

Dutch midfielder, Evander Sno put in his best performance in a Bristol City shirt to knock a second, after some determined work from Danny Haynes to keep the ball in play and unleash a cross.

The home side did not give up straight away though, and it looked as if a comeback may have been on the cards when Bogdanovic scored a fortunate goal past Dean Gerken, who clumsily let the weak shot through his arms. 2-1 then, after 62 minutes.

Things went wrong, however, when Ryan Shotton upended Haynes in the area, conceding a penalty and getting himself sent off in the process.

Barnsley keeper Luke Steele managed to save Jamie McAllister’s spot kick, only to see Marvin Elliott reach the ball first to restore the away side’s two-goal cushion.

In typical Bristol City fashion, they conceded another later goal when Adam Hamill curled a beautiful shot into the top corner to leave the travelling fans biting their nails during stoppage time.

However, City held on, for a precious three points which saw them climb to fifth place in the Championship table.

As always, highlights are available on the BBC website.

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