Barnsley: Reds boss concedes defeat in race for top six finish

Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson

Reds boss Lee Johnson has given up hope of securing a late play-off place this season.

The Reds are nine points adrift of sixth place with just three games to play.

But while the equation to get into the top six remains mathematically possible, Johnson has admitted he’ll give some young players a chance for the final few games of the campaign.

“We can’t get in the top six now, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “The build for next season has started now.

“We want to win games towards the end of the season, but the play-offs are gone now.

“But we may well give a couple of players we haven’t seen yet a chance to show what they’re about.

“I hope the players go out there and give it their all.

“I think they are giving it their all. No players have taken their foot off the gas, but we’ve just got to be a bit more clinical.

“We probably should have won the other night [against Notts County], but we’ll keep going until the end of the season and hopefully finish in the top eight.”

The Reds face Peterborough United at Oakwell on Saturday looking for their first win in five matches.

And Johnson wants to see total commitment, even though he admits his team are not the finished article yet.

“There’s no doubt we’re a touch short in games at the moment,” admitted Johnson.

“We’ve done well to keep in games and go ahead in games, but then we just seem to drop a little bit.

“Whether that’s a bit of fatigue, a lack of tactical awareness or a bit of nowse, I don’t know.

“But we’re soaking up too pressure at the moment and that’s something we need to work on.”