Barnsley need leaders, says boss Johnson

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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson has called for his side to rediscover their winning touch at Scunthorpe United tonight.

Johnson admitted his side lacked quality and energy in their frustrating 3-0 away defeat to Rochdale at the weekend. But the Reds have the chance to get back on track against The Iron in this evening’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round clash at Glanford Park.

“I’m looking for leaders in the group,” stressed Johnson.

“I’m looking for the squad to show their leadership qualities.

“The players will regret their performance [on Saturday], I can’t make excuses for it. We weren’t good enough.

“Individually players have got to learn their lessons, but I don’t want them to lose confidence because I want to go into next Saturday [at home to Shrewsbury] full of brightness.”

Having gone three games unbeaten, the Reds have now not won in their last three outings.

But Johnson won’t be reaching for the panic butting just yet, especially when it comes to signing new players.

The transfer window slams shut tonight and Johnson has been quick to dash any hopes of the club signing any new players before the deadline: “We’ll have to see, but I’m pretty much going to write that one off,” admitted Johnson.

Winger Ryan Williams is definitely missing for tonight’s match with a groin injury, but midfielder Josh Scowen is expected to return having been rested for the Dale defeat.

The former Wycombe Wanderers man was an unused substitute on Saturday, but his absence was sorely felt by the Reds.

Young right-back James Bree could also return having been absent with an ankle injury.

“My ankle is feeling a lot better, so hopefully I’m back Tuesday and I get in the team,” revealed Bree.

“It’s been different with different managers at the club since I broke into the first team, but I think I have grown up quite a lot in the past year to so because I’ve had to get used to adult football. And that’s been a challenge for someone so young.

“But I think I’m coming on quite well and I’m still progressing and still learning.”