Barnsley: Communication key for Reds

Lee Johnson: Has challenged his two young keepers to claim the jersey
Lee Johnson: Has challenged his two young keepers to claim the jersey
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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson has called for his side to improve their communication.

And that will be the theme of the week at Oakwell as the hit-and-miss Reds look to get back on track after last Saturday’s frustrating 2-1 home defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

Action from Barnsley v Shrewsbury last weekend

Action from Barnsley v Shrewsbury last weekend

Johnson has been impressed with his side in spells this season, especially in the Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

But it’s in League One where he really wants to see his side blossom, especially with them having lost three of their opening six games.

“It’s going to take time, you only have to look at results to realise that,” Johnson told The Star.

“But this is the route we’ve chosen to go down and we’re going to stick with our plan.

“We’d have loved to have got off to a flyer, but this is a young group and they’re going to get better.

“It’s about finding the winning formula so that we can go and win five or six games on the spin.

“We’ve have some good spells this season and shown glimpses of what we are capable of, but can we communicate long enough when the pressure is on?

“We’ve not done that particularly well so far, so the theme this week is going to be communication and working on the tactical side of things.

“We’ve had so many games it’s been mainly giving the players recovery and with a lot of new players arriving it’s going to take time for those guys to settle in.

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“The players and myself are hurting after Saturday’s defeat, but we’re home again this Saturday and it’s a chance for us to put in a performance we’re all looking for.”

The Reds host sixth-placed Swindon Town and Johnson knows his side face a tough test.

The Robins thumped the Reds 3-0 last season and Oakwell and beat them 2-0 at home later in the campaign.

“It will be a tough game, but we have to attack them,” stressed Johnson. “The fans will be frustrated with our performance on Saturday, so we need to give them something better.”