Barnsley have the energy to build on winning run says Johnson

Barnsley  manager Lee Johnson. Photo: Dean Atkins
Barnsley manager Lee Johnson. Photo: Dean Atkins
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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson has called for his confident side to “keep the hammer down” in their quest for League One success.

The Reds have won three in a row in all competitions, with their last two victories in the league over Burton Albion and then Millwall on Tuesday night having helped them climb to seventh in the table.

And victory at home to Bradford City at Oakwell tomorrow afternoon could see Johnson’s ambitious team to break into the top six.

It would also be the first time the club have won three league games in a row since March last season when a six-game winning purple patch contributed to an impressive nine-game unbeaten run.

“We have to make sure keep the hammer down and continue to get better,” stressed Johnson.

“We’ve shown character in our last three games. We’ve tried to get a group of players that are hungry and want to do well. That has shown in the last couple of games.

“But we know we’ll have to be at our best to get a result [against Bradford]. They are a good strong and experienced side.

“I’ve been to Bradford enough times now to know what they’re about.

“They’ve been very consistent, but we’re hoping our youth and enthusiasm will overcome their strength as a group of men.”

Young defender James Bree is a doubt for the weekend with a groin niggle, while winger Ryan Williams is also nursing a groin strain.

But other than those two the Reds expect to be at full-strength against the Bantams, who have yet to win in four matches this season.

“We’ve got to be aware of the wounded animal,” said Johnson. “They haven’t had a great start, but you know they’ll be competing at the top end of the division.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re ready mentally and physically. The important thing for us is to play with energy. Then we can beat anybody in the division. But if we can lack energy we can get physically dominated.”

Johnson was happy to play down a rumoured move for Blackburn Rovers midfielder John O’Sullivan.

The Reds had a bid rejected for the 21-year-old in January but he later joined the m on loan and made seven starts in eight games for Johnson’s side: “We had John before and he did very well, but he is a Blackburn player.

“Of course we’d be interested in a player like John because everyone liked him. If Blackburn have said he’s not for sale then that’s it isn’t it? ”