Barnsley: I’ll take criticism on chin says under-fire Johnson

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Under-fire Barnsley boss Lee Johnson is happy to take criticism on the chin as he looks to resurrect the club’s frustrating fortunes.

Last Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Scunthorpe United means the Reds are on their worst losing run in league football since 1986.

Six league defeats in a row has left the club languishing third from bottom in League One and without a point since September 26 when they beat Gillingham 2-0 at Oakwell.

Defeat away to Coventry City tonight would be the first time since February 1984 that the Reds have lost SEVEN games in a row in all competitions and would undoubtedly heap more pressure on Johnson.

“We’re all disappointed because we all wanted to do very well – and it hasn’t worked that way so far,” admitted Johnson.

“But we’ve still got that belief that we can get that turnaround with a couple of tweaks.

“I’m motivated by unbelievable hurt at the moment. Of course I get down, but that’s because I want to win.

“I’ve said before this is my worst losing run ever, but that doesn’t mean I’m not as committed as when we were winning.

“Motivation doesn’t change for me, I’ve still got my eyes on the prize. I have to make sure every day I come in bright and breezy because I need to pick the players up.

“The staff are feeling it as well, but they’ve been fantastic.”

And Johnson has sympathy for the club’s loyal supporters, especially with the young Reds squad having shown some promising signs earlier in the campaign.

“The fans are a bit confused about what’s going on at the moment, but I’m a big boy and I can take it on the chin,” stressed Johnson.

“It was very nice to hear the support from some of the supporters during the match at Scunthorpe.

“We’re all in this together, including the fans. I’m fully committed to this club and nobody wants it more, whether it be promotion or a successful season. Hopefully the fans appreciate that.

“I understand we’re not getting the results and that leads to people getting upset. They’re passionate at the end of the day and that’s one of the reasons why I’ve fallen in love with the club.

“I don’t blame anybody for any criticism, we take it on the chin and improve.”