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Barnett gets a chance but Bristol City lose out to Palace

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

Bristol City's loan striker Tyrone Barnett had the chance to boost his match fitness yesterday  picture:  Dougie Allward/JMP

Bristol City's loan striker Tyrone Barnett had the chance to boost his match fitness yesterday picture: Dougie Allward/JMP

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Bristol City Under-21s were stung by two first-half goals as they suffered defeat at Crystal Palace.

Aaron Wilbraham and Jake Gray both found the net to down Mark O'Connor's side at Tooting & Mitcham FC's KNK Stadium in the Professional Development League.

City included Peterborough United loan striker Tyrone Barnett in order to boost his match fitness, while there were also run-outs for Louis Carey, attacker Wes Burns, midfielder Jordan Wynter and Joe Bryan.

Bryan shot just over the bar early on, but it was the hosts who took the lead on 28 minutes.

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Wilbraham netted the opener with a firm planted header from Hiram Boateng's pinpoint cross.

Gray then doubled the advantage just before the half-time interval, playing a one-two with Wilbraham before powering the ball home. Barnett got away from the Palace backline in the second half, only to be denied in a foot race with keeper Neil Alexander. At the other end Boateng saw a shot cleared from the goal-line after a partial save from Dave Richards.

City Under-21s: Richards, Wilson, Hall (Mitchell 79), Mufuta, Brundle, Carey, Burns, Wynter, Bryan, Barnett (Bishop 79), Krans. Subs not used: Fry, O'Leary.

City's annual supporters meeting will be held at Ashton Gate tonight (7pm) in the AMC Communications Lounge.

Open to all supporters on a first-come, first-served basis, it's a chance to quiz manager Steve Cotterill, majority shareholder Steve Lansdown and the board of directors.

Jon Lansdown, City vice-chairman, said: "I hope fans will take the opportunity to attend and utilise this direct access to the club and I look forward to seeing many of you there."

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