City’s impressive unbeaten run came to a disappointing end as Barnsley took all three points at Oakwell.
The Tigers were unusually sloppy all evening, with Matt Fryatt seeing a first half penalty saved by Luke Steele with the score at 0-0, then Craig Davies had far too much time to put the Tykes ahead early in the second half.
A mistake by Corry Evans allowed Andy Gray to score a second, prior to Fryatt giving the Tigers hope with a smart shot 11 minutes from time.
Dele Adebola, on as a sub, headed a late opportunity wide, and the Tigers left South Yorkshire annoyingly with nothing. It’s a first defeat in ten and only a third defeat on the road in 26, but even though there is much football still ahead, this one feels like a chance spurned. Match report later.