Barnsley: Lee Johnson calls for patience

Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson loves the club – and he wants to be at the Oakwell helm for a long time.

And the ambitious 34-year-old has called for patience from the club’s supporters as he and his team look to get their faltering League One campaign back on track.

The Reds have lost their last four league outings and have slipped to a worrying 19th position in the table.

But Johnson, whose side have arguably shown some of their best form in reaching the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area quarter finals, knows things need to improve.

“I love this place,” stressed Johnson. “I am going to be here, I hope, for a very, very long time.

“I want to be the one to deliver what everyone wants.

“I understand, this is football, and you get a social media frenzy which can whip up a storm very quickly. Results will determine that.

“But what I would say is I am as determined as anyone. I still believe massively in the group.

“I believe we need one or two of the right ilk to aid and benefit the group.

“For whatever reason we haven’t been able to get those couple which could be the important ingredients. We will, but it might take a window or two.

“With our best XI out we are a match for any team in the division. Nobody has turned us over this year, we have competed in every game.

“Where we have fallen short is the experience element. That will grow.

“We have conceded a couple of poor goals, in the last three or four games, but scattered in there has been some very good play.”

Influential midfielder Conor Hourihane remains sidelined with a hamstring, while winger George Williams has still not recovered from his persistent groin injury.

Striker Marley Watkins is a doubt with an ankle injury, while keeper Adam Davies has a groin injury.

Manchester United loanee Ben Pearson is suspended for one match having picked up five yellow cards.

Johnson had a recruitment meeting yesterday with club owner Patrick Cryne and Reds’ chief executive Ben Mansford about the possibility of strengthening his squad.

And Johnson stressed: “We are all pulling in the same direction, with a belief of what we can do over a period of time. We just have to get over this little hiccup.”