Sam Baldock handed full Bristol City debut at Barnsley
NEW £1m signing Sam Baldock was handed his first Bristol City start in today's npower Championship clash against Barnsley at Oakwell.
Recruited from West Ham United last month, the 23-year-old striker marked his debut when coming off the bench to score in a 4-2 home win over Cardiff City seven days earlier.
His 25 minute cameo performance earned him promotion to the starting line-up in Yorkshire, Baldock partnering Jon Stead up front as manager Derek McInnes retained his favoured 4-4-2 formation.
Ryan Taylor dropped to the bench, but there was no place in the 18-man squad for out-of-favour striker Brett Pitman, who missed out for a second consecutive week.
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McInnes was forced into a change on the bench, Paul Anderson returning to the squad to cover for injured utility player Richard Foster, while Under-21s goalkeeper Lewis Carey again stood in for Dean Gerken (sore hip).
Barnsley (4-4-2): Alnwick; Wiseman, Hassell, Foster, Golbourne; Mellis, Dawson, Cranie, Cywka; Davies, Dagnall. Subs: Harewood, Rose, Etuhu, Stones, Collins, Noble-Lazarus, Lidakevicius (gk).
City (4-4-2): Heaton; M Wilson, Carey, Fontaine, Cunningham; Adomah, Skuse, Pearson, Woolford; Stead, Baldock. Subs: Carey (gk), Anderson, Elliott, Davies, Taylor, Morris, Nyatanga.
Referee: Steve Rushton