Few sides enjoyed better opening days than Bristol City on Saturday as they raced to a three goal lead before half-time.
Bobby Reid and Famara Diedhiou were on the scoresheet in a convincing win, with only Ryan Hedges’ injury time finish providing any kind of consolation.
Here is what The Boot Room learnt from the game…
Bobby Reid is on fire
After seven goals in eight games in pre-season, the Bristolian carried his fine form into competitive fixtures with a brace on the opening day. Finding the net twice in 14 minutes, this season could be the one in which the 24-year-old really steps up and becomes a key player for City.
Reid also turned provider for the second goal with brilliant skill on the touchline and then an even more impressive cross making it easy for debutant Famara Diedhiou to find the back of the net.
Barnsley look likely to face a battle against the drop yet again
3-0 down within half an hour on the opening day is never a good place to be in. The Tykes were appalling at Ashton Gate and showed few signs of ever improving. Even their 93rd minute consolation goal was little to cheer for the handful of travelling fans left in the away end.
Marc Roberts’ defensive strength was desperately missed by the visitors and it really seems likely that they could face a battle at the wrong end of the table this season without significant improvements.
Famara Diedhiou could be the Tammy Abraham replacement that the Robins need
You can’t ask a striker for more than a goal on his debut, and Diedhiou provided exactly that. His header left Adam Davies no chance in goal for Barnsley and he capitalised on a delightful cross from Bobby Reid to do so.
That kind of poacher’s instinct showed exactly the kind of clinical finishing that Lee Johnson will be crying out for having lost last season’s top scorer as Tammy Abraham returned to Chelsea before heading to Swansea on loan.