CITY fought back to earn an important and deserved point against Barnsley at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

The Tykes are managed by former City midfielder Lee Johnson, son of former City boss Gary, who was returning to the Gate for the second time this season having previously been at Oldham Athletic before leaving post for Barnsley in February.

Earlier in the season, Johnson’s Oldham had provided us with a really stern test as we won 1-0 and on Saturday his Barnsley team were even more well-drilled and also have some really quality in the likes of strikers Ibehre and Winnall, and midfielder Hourihane.

It looked like it would be City’s day early on as Agard won a penalty on 13 minutes, after being tripped by Mvoto.

Pack stepped up to take the penalty and finished accurately into the corner from 12 yards. But the goal seemed to spur the away side on and they grew into the game as the half wore on.

Just before half-time, some sloppy defending from City saw the ball bounce into the path of Ibehre who bludgeoned the ball home for the equaliser.

Matters got worse for City early in the second-half as Scowen went through on goal. The midfielder rounded Fielding and finished impressively from close range into the roof of the net to put the visitors 2-1 up.

But this City side don’t know when they’re beaten and, with six minutes to spare, local lad Bryan popped up with a cracking left-footed strike from just outside the area.

Fleetwood did us a favour on Sunday by drawing with Preston and so City’s lead at the top of League One remains ten points.

City travel to Oldham Athletic on Good Friday (3pm). City’s promotion rivals Preston, Swindon and MK Dons have all won handsomely at Boundary Park in the past few weeks and so I would hope we can get a decent result too.

Then, on Tuesday, Swindon Town are the visitors to Ashton Gate in what promises to be a tense clash following the controversy during and after the game between the two sides at the County Ground earlier in the season.

City captain Elliott was sent-off early in that game and after Swindon won 1-0 their players celebrated as if they had been crowned champions of League One. How the tables have turned!

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