Barnsley: Johnson happy with Reds’ fine finish

Barnsley academy graduate George Smith is all smiles at full time with Barnsley manager Lee Johnson,
Barnsley academy graduate George Smith is all smiles at full time with Barnsley manager Lee Johnson,
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Reds boss Lee Johnson is delighted his side finished the season with a resounding victory at home to Rochdale.

The Reds had gone nine games without a win before Sunday’s emphatic 5-0 victory over Rochadle at Oakwell.

But Johnson wants more of the same next term as the Reds look to win promotion back to the Championship.

“The players will be going home with a nice feeling and we can believe we’ve got a chance of being successful,” said Johnson. “We’re trying to build a group and a methodology that runs throughout the club.

“It’s a bit of an ideal dream, but it’s one that’s going to be too hard to administer if we all buy into it.

“I was pleased with the performance, it was a nice way to finish the season.

“A lot of the young players did well, grew into the match and were reasonably solid.

“It was good to send the supporters and everybody else home happy, but it’s important we don’t think we’re better than we are.

“It’s very important to send the supporters home happy so they can think about what could be next summer.

“You’re always learning and I’ve learnt a lot this season.”

And Johnson has revealed he is again looking to give youth a chance next season if they perform on the big stage.

“The young players are going to make mistakes, but we’ve got to stick with them,” he added. “We’re trying to improve a lot of the young players by pushing them, but we’ve got to be careful because sometimes it makes them and sometimes it breaks them as well.

“We’ve got to keep improving them everyday. If the attitude is good then they’ll learn.

“The youngsters will continue to get their chance next season. Whether you’re 17 or 37 the best players play.

“There’s got to be continuity running throughout the club – and the young players are a big part of that.”