Barnsley: Show Blackpool who’s boss urges Reds chief

Dan Crowley looks set to miss Barnsley's trip to Blackpool this weekend through injury
Dan Crowley looks set to miss Barnsley's trip to Blackpool this weekend through injury

Lee Johnson has called for his Barnsley side to show Blackpool who’s the boss at Bloomfield Road tomorrow.

The Reds head to the seaside looking to build on last Saturday’s emphatic 4-1 home win over Swindon Town.

And Johnson wants a similar display from his improving charges as they look to keep climbing the League One table.

“We’re set up now for that level of consistency we need,” said Johnson. “We’ve had a couple of big weeks on the communication element we’ve needed and the compactness we wanted.

“The consistency of us could depend on how well we communicate. It’s massive for us.

“To get four or five players being consistent, minimum, being consistent in their organization and their talking is good.

“If we can keep that then we’ll have a good chance of getting a result in most games. It’s so important.

“But that’s also our flaw at the moment. If we come up against side’s that do that [communicate] well, then sometimes you can be out-thought rather than out-played.”

Winger Ryan Williams is pushing for a place in the match-day squad having limped off after only 29 minutes of the win over the Robins due to his troublesome groin injury.

Arsenal loan midfielder Dan Crowley is nursing a small tear in his right thigh, so is a real doubt for the weekend, but striker Michael Smith returns having been unable to play against his former club six days ago.

“I’ve got tough decisions to make on what side I pick,” admitted Johnson

“Blackpool are not a bad side. They’re lively.

“They’re strong and solid, it’s going to be a really tough game for us. It’s the type of game we’ll lose if we’re not at it.

“We’ve got to be really focused on going to get three points. If we’re not then we’re not any good. But if we are then we’re very good.”

The Reds triumphed 2-0 the last time they met the Tangerines at Oakwell two seasons ago, but were beaten 1-0 at Bloomfield Road.

But Johnson will be hoping his side can claim their second away league win of the season and potentially push into the top six.