Neil Etheridge

Goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble is working hard with Etheridge to improve his composure when he has the ball. If the ‘keeper could improve in that area he would be one of the best at Championship level 6

Lee Peltier

The right-back seems to have lost confidence and was below his best. Was outmanoeuvred before Barnsley’s second goal. Conceding twice was a blow for City after clean sheets in Nottingham and at home to Stoke 5

Joe Bennett

One of a number that slipped below their best. Needs to improve defensively in particular – and the winger in front of him can play a major part in that 5

Aden Flint

‘Flinty’s’ best performance for the Bluebirds. Neil Harris described Flint as ‘a rock’. Impressive in both penalty areas and his defensive work was first class. The Flint/Nelson partnership continues to keep Morrison and Bamba on the sidelines 8

Leandro Bacuna

Busy, efficient and full of running, but struggled to find his usual flow through midfield. Played his part in a workmanlike win 6

Marlon Pack (capt)

Adds genuine experience and guidance through midfield. A vocal leader who organises the team around him. Not yet playing at his best, but working hard to get there 6

Curtis Nelson

Lost his man when Conor Chaplin put Barnsley ahead, but that was a rare lapse in a decent 90-minute performance by the centre-back. Defensively solid 7

Lee Tomlin – Man of the Match

Set up Danny Ward’s goal – and scored City’s injury time winner. When Tomlin is on his day he can be virtually unplayable at Championship level. Flitted in and out of the game at times, but popped up with the big moments. Fitter than ever – and firing on all cylinders 8

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

Worked hard throughout, but did not quite find his best. Played his part in a battling team performance – and the Bluebirds will play better than this as the season progresses. City won – that’s the key 6

Gary Madine

Suffered when he found the net midway through the first half from Aden Flint’s flick header and the effort was ruined out for offside. The centre-forward has found a new lease of life under Neil Harris – and that link with Tomlin is developing 6

Junior Hoilett

It’s good to watch the Canadian winger in full flight – and there are beginning to be more and more glimpses of his best. Needs a little more consistency, but he’s growing in confidence 6


Alex Smithies – not used

Josh Murphy (for Hoilett 65)

Will Vaulks (for Bacuna 74)

Danny Ward (for Madine 65)

Callum Paterson – not used

Jazz Richards – not used

Sean Morrison – not used

Barnsley: Sahin-Radlinger, J. Williams, B. Williams, Diaby, Andersen, Brown (Schmidt 82’), Woodrow, Bähre, Chaplin, Halme, Mowatt. Subs not used: Collins, Dougall, Thomas, Schmidt, Sibbick, Odour, Mottley-Henry.

Referee: Paul Tierney

Attendance: 21,380