Barnsley 2-2 Bristol City: Cauley Woodrow ends Robins’ 100% start

Bristol City celebrate
Bristol City had looked on course for a second successive 2-1 away win before Cauley Woodrow struck

Managerless Barnsley scored a penalty in the 102nd minute to rescue a point against Bristol City and end the Robins’ flawless start to the season.

Cauley Woodrow, who has previously spent time on loan at Ashton Gate, fired into the top corner from the spot after being made to wait for more than eight minutes as team-mate Michael Sollbauer received treatment.

Callum O’Dowda had clattered into Sollbauer just inside the area, with the Austrian eventually being carried off on a stretcher with a neck brace fitted.

The Robins, who won four out of four prior to the international break, earlier went behind inside the opening two minutes when Michal Helik headed Romal Palmer’s far-post corner beyond goalkeeper Max O’Leary.

City then turned the game on its head within six minutes of the restart, with Jack Hunt and then Tyreeq Bakinson both seeing deflected strikes hit the net to put them in front.

But Woodrow’s late equaliser ensured the final remaining 100% record in the English Football League came to an end, although City remain top on goals scored ahead of Reading.

Remarkably, it also means six of the past nine meetings between these two sides have finished 2-2 – although Bristol City head coach Dean Holden will be particularly frustrated that his team did not come away with three points from this contest.

While well short of their fluent best, they still looked well on course to grind out victory after their blitz at the start of the second half put them in charge.

Both goals had elements of luck, with Bakinson’s diverted effort – his first for the club – completely wrong-footing Tykes goalkeeper Jack Walton before finding the corner.

But Barnsley, under the caretaker charge of Adam Murray, continued to press and have now drawn two of their past three fixtures but remain in the bottom three.



  • 1Walton
  • 26Sollbauer
  • 30HelikBooked at 88mins
  • 6AndersenBooked at 81mins
  • 2Williams
  • 27Mowatt
  • 21PalmerSubstituted forKaneat 57′minutes
  • 22OduorSubstituted forSimoes Inacioat 63′minutes
  • 16Thomas
  • 9Woodrow
  • 11ChaplinSubstituted forFrieserat 77′minutes


  • 7Brittain
  • 8Kane
  • 18Christie-Davies
  • 19Schmidt
  • 23Simoes Inacio
  • 28Frieser
  • 40Collins

Bristol City

  • 12O’Leary
  • 26Vyner
  • 23Moore
  • 5Mawson
  • 2Hunt
  • 10PatersonSubstituted forO’Dowdaat 85′minutes
  • 30Bakinson
  • 14Weimann
  • 25Rowe
  • 7MartinSubstituted forKalasat 79′minutes
  • 21WellsSubstituted forSemenyoat 73′minutes


  • 9Diédhiou
  • 11O’Dowda
  • 13Wollacott
  • 18Semenyo
  • 22Kalas
  • 42Massengo
  • 43S Sessegnon
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Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Barnsley 2, Bristol City 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Bristol City 2.

  3. Goal! Barnsley 2, Bristol City 2. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  4. Penalty Barnsley. Michael Sollbauer draws a foul in the penalty area.

  5. Penalty conceded by Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Foul by Michael Sollbauer (Barnsley).

  7. Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Attempt saved. Zak Vyner (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann with a headed pass.

  9. Michal Helik (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Foul by Michal Helik (Barnsley).

  11. Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O’Dowda replaces Jamie Paterson.

  13. Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Max O’Leary.

  14. Mads Andersen (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Foul by Mads Andersen (Barnsley).

  17. Substitution, Bristol City. Tomas Kalas replaces Chris Martin.

  18. Substitution, Barnsley. Dominik Frieser replaces Conor Chaplin.

  19. Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

  20. Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Herbie Kane.

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