Barnsley: Boss does not fear the boot

Lee Johnson is down but not out
Lee Johnson is down but not out

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson has admitted he doesn’t fear the sack at Oakwell.

Instead Johnson is firmly focused on guiding his team out of the stick situation they find themselves in.

The Reds have lost their last five league matches – their worst run since August 2009 – and are languishing second from bottom in League One after 14 games.

And Johnson, more than anyone, admits he is hurting from his misfiring side’s start to the campaign.

“I don’t have fears (over the sack) because football is like that, and I give it my best every day,” revealed Johnson.

“Yes, I have made mistakes this year - partly through learning about the group - and maybe four points lost through poor tactical decisions.

“However, I have probably won games through good tactical decisions.

“Football is football, and so far everybody has stuck with me which is good. “People understand what phase we are in, because it will come good.

“I want to be the person to deliver at this club, I’m desperate to do that.”

Johnson has recruited a youthful squad at Oakwell and has been stuck with the criticism from some quarters that some more experienced players will benefit the team.

“You can’t keep hitting young players with a stick, sometimes you have to give them a cuddle,” stressed Johnson.

“You just have to maintain that belief, we have some good talented players.

“I don’t want to make the youthfulness an excuse, because we do have good players.

“We are not in bad shape, we are just in an unfortunate patch.”

A view shared my Reds midfielder Josh Scowen who said: “You learn by playing the game, so the more games you play the quicker you learn.

“Now they [the young players] are playing men’s football, they will pick up little bits in every game.

“Experience is key, we have a lot of young players and the more games they play brings experience and that should bring consistent performances.”

The Reds have already beaten their next opponents, Scunthorpe, twice this season.