Barnsley: Lee Johnson ‘has backing of players’

Alfie Mawson.
Alfie Mawson.

Barnsley skipper Alfie Mawson has stressed that manager Lee Johnson has the backing of the all the players.

Johnson has come under increased pressure with the Reds having lost their last four league matches.

But Mawson remains confident that the tide will turn and the South Yorkshire club will turn things around.

“We have all got faith in the gaffer that he will push us on,” said Mawson.

“It’s a sticky patch, it’s trying to keep our heads high. After Tuesday [a 2-0 home defeat to Walsall], I went home and couldn’t sleep for ages.

“I was going over the game and I was angry with myself. I feel I let myself down, let my standards drops, and I was annoyed.

“But we are going to get through this, there’s no doubt about that.”

Losses to derby rivals Doncaster Rovers plus Crewe, Southend and Walsall have seen the misfiring Reds slips to 19th in the table. Should results not go their way, Barnsley could find themselves in the bottom four.

But Mawson doesn’t believe he and his teammates are that far away from putting things right for their boss.

“Obviously, it’s not where we want to be,” admitted Mawson. “Everyone knows that.

“But we know what we have got to do and that’s to grind out the points. We need to get some points on the board.

“Other than Walsall and Southend, we haven’t been doing much wrong.

“We haven’t changed out style, we’re playing the right way.

“But the last couple of games we have petered off a little bit and I think we have been bullied on the pitch.

“That lack of experience has come out and shown.

“If we can get that little bit of maturity in our game, then I am sure the club will have no problems.”

The Reds host Fleetwood Town at Oakwell today, followed by an away trip to Scunthorpe United, a team they have already beaten twice this season in cup competition, the following Saturday.

And Johnson knows points on the board is the order of the day as the Reds go in search of their first league win in just short of a month.

“We’re going through a sticky patch,” admitted Johnson. “But the players have just got to knuckle down and keep going. And we need the fans behind us.

“I’m as frustrated as anyone, but I still belief massively in the group [of players].

“I’m lower than anybody when we lose a game, but I bounce back quicker than anybody as well.

“This is football and the pressure that comes with it.”