New signings have galvanised us, says Johnson after Reds end nightmare run

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson
Barnsley boss Lee Johnson
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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson believes his squad have benefited from new blood.

And the result was all too evident on Saturday as the previously misfiring Reds finally ended a miserable run of eight successive league defeats.

New signings Adam Hammill, Ivan Toney, Kevin Long and Aidan White all started and impressed in a battling 2-1 away win over Johnson’s former club Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

It was the Reds first home league win since beating Gillingham 3-0 back on September 26, some two months ago.

“The new signings have enhanced competition for places, that’s important” said Johnson. “The players need to feel that there is competition, especially when you’re not picking up results because otherwise it’s okay to play poor.

“But we’re in a results-business and we need to win. The new players have given the players that little bit of impetus to dig in and retain the shirt. If there’s isn’t that competition then you might relax a bit more - and you can’t afford to do that.”

That long-overdue win at the weekend now sets Johnson’s side up for a tough away clash with Peterborough United at London Road tonight.

And the manager is hopeful his team can claim back-to-back wins for only the second time this season with victory over Posh.

It was back in mid-August when the Reds beat Burton and Millwall that the South Yorkshire club last tasted successive wins.

“I was able to enjoy the weekend for once,” joked Johnson. “It was nice to spend some time with the family, but in a good mood for a change.

“But more seriously I’m delighted for everyone. It was great for everyone at the club to get that win and get that monkey off our back.

“We’d taken some abuse from some Oldham supporters, as you’d expect, so it was nice to get the win.

“But the action comes thick and fast. Hopefully we can go to London Road with that renewed confidence.

“If we can get another win or a result on Tuesday, then it’s all looking positive for the big one [at home to Sheffield United on Saturday].

“Peterborough have been flying recently. Obviosuly Graham Westley’s gone in there and his appointment raised a few eyebrows to begin with.

“But he’s always been a solid character and a consistent chap in his career to get results.

“They have a young side, similar to ourselves, and they’re playing with a lot of confidence at the minute.”