New Barnsley manager bids for home comforts

New Barnsley boss Lee Johnson at the Gillingham match. Photo: Keith Turner
New Barnsley boss Lee Johnson at the Gillingham match. Photo: Keith Turner
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Ambitious Lee Johnson is relishing making his managerial mark at Oakwell tonight.

Barnsley’s new boss tasted sweet success in his first game in charge on Saturday as the resurgent Reds upset high-fliers Gillingham.

And now a home clash with Coventry City beckons as the South Yorkshire outfit look to make it four wins on the spin.

If the Reds do achieve victory it would be the first time the club has won four games on the bounce since February 2013.

“It would be great to get a good home win,” said Johnson. “The fans have been great for me since I’ve been here, I’ve had lots of well-wishers.

“I’m keen to make a good impression to them. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so I want to endear myself to the public and the people of Barnsley.

“You’ve always got an opportunity to be successful. The reality is we’ve got a very good chance of winning the game if we perform to our best.

“But if we don’t perform to our best we’ve got a very good chance of losing the game.

“It’s up to us, the staff and the players,to come flying out of the blocks and go and achieve a massive three points.

“I was chuffed with the victory, it was good to get that monkey off the back and get my first win under my belt. But I want my first home win now.”

Johnson took plenty of positives from his side’s win over the Gills, but he stressed there is still plenty of room for improvement: “I’d like us to be a bit more smoother on the ball, more confident and more relaxed,” admitted Johnson.

Leading scorer Sam Winnall could return from a hamstring injury, while winger Dale Jennings has recovered from injury and is in contention. But centre-back Peter Ramage is likely to be sidelined for two weeks with his thigh injury, with keeper Ross Turnbull out with a back injury.