Barnsley boss Lee Johnson has heaped praise on his squad’s tactical nous and application after their superb 4-1 win over Swindon on Saturday.
The Reds made four changes from the side that suffered defeat at home to Shrewsbury, which included dropping star men Sam Winnall and Marc Roberts to the bench.
Whilst Johnson admitted it was tough to make those decisions, ultimately they paid off and got the required result.
“You can get bogged down by so many thought processes,” Johnson revealed.
“You have to pick a team that you think is going to win and we did that.
“We had good communicators on the pitch. We had energy, speed and good footballers, and that’s what pleased me that even when we did have a bad spell – because we did, let’s not hide from that – that you can come good again.
“If you keep doing the right things, keep communicating and keep playing the right balls, eventually we have got the quality to break teams down.”
Victory over a Swindon side which was unbeaten away from home and made the play-off final last season is a step in the right direction for the Reds, who are seeking a promotion push of their own this campaign.
Johnson stressed the importance of recognising other teams’ strengths, but making sure that his side concentrate on playing their own game in order to combat the best the division has to offer.
“You have to respect the opposition,” he added. “We certainly don’t go into games fearing the opposition but you have to respect their quality.
“What I’m learning as a young coach is that you have to be really honest in that evaluation. We do all the analysis and it’s a fine line because you don’t want to put the fear of god into your players about the opposition, you want them to be on the front foot.
“But you’ve got to respect when you play against a team like Swindon that get up to 700 passes most games that they are going to have some of the ball, so if you do start chasing around like headless chickens they’ll just pick you off.
“But they have got weaknesses and we had to make sure we picked a team for our strengths and also to exploit their weaknesses, and I was chuffed with the lads for doing that.”