Barnsley: Johnson wants fan boost

Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson has urged the fans to come out in force tomorrow to cheer their side on to a dream Wembley final.

The Reds take on Fleetwood in the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area final, and are just 180 minutes away from walking out under the famous arch at the home of football.

Johnson has praised the supporters’ influence in his side’s recent back-to-back home league victories, and thinks they can make all the difference again in the cup.

“I don’t think it should ever be underestimated that when the Oakwell faithful are in good form how much it boosts everybody,” he said.

“The last game here against Fleetwood was a poor game and not in the best taste of genuine football, but I’m confident that Saturday will be a really good game so I’d urge people to come down and watch.

“The price is quite good and it’s affordable football. We’ve scored six goals in two games at home and the boys are confident, not complacent.

“It feels big but not probably as big as the second leg is going to feel. It feels like we’ve just got to be free and go for it; enjoy the football, enjoy the atmosphere.

“I hope that we have got a good atmosphere because I think it’s really important for these lads.

“Some of these boys will never get a better chance to play at Wembley and they’ve got to have that in their mind.”

Should the Reds be successful in their two-legged area final, they will go up against either Millwall or Oxford United for the trophy.

The club’s last appearance at Wembley was a defeat in the FA Cup semi-final against Cardiff in 2008, but Johnson insists that there is a winning mentality within his side.

“There’s no point going to Wembley unless you’re going to win it, trust me, I’ve been there,” he added.

“You’ve got to make sure it’s not just a day out, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves.

“The first step is to try and do everything we can to win this first leg then we’ve got to see where we are for the second leg.”