The mood amongst the Bristol City faithful has lifted slightly after we got back to winning ways against Barnsley on Saturday, following last week’s disappointing FA Cup exit to League One Shrewsbury.

Ultimately head coach Lee Johnson will be judged on his performance in the league and it was important to beat Barnsley for the supporters who feel let down that we passed up the opportunity of playing Liverpool at Ashton Gate in the Fa Cup fourth round.

Saturday’s performance was still not at a level which makes you believe City will make the play-offs this season, however it was an improvement on recent home performances as we carved out five or six good goalscoring opportunities. Whilst Barnsley themselves created some good chances and looked like a good footballing side we probably deserved the 1-0 victory on the balance of play. The goal came late on, in the 88th minute, and saw DaSilva’s brilliant cross into the box controlled by Eliasson who powered home his third goal of the season. The young Swedish winger is having a season to remember at Ashton Gate.

Despite a couple of really poor results we are actually on a “mini-run” of sorts having won three of our last four league games. We are two points off sixth place to there is still everything to play for in the next 18 games.

City don’t play this weekend as Reading are playing in the FA Cup fourth round and so our trip to the Madjeski Stadium has been rearranged for next Tuesday (8pm). The Royals are having another season of struggle in the bottom half of the division and this is a game we should be targeting to win given our excellent away form this season and backed by a big away following.