Boss Lee has eyes on another Reds record

Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson

History-chasers Barnsley can re-write the record books again tonight.

Victory away to Leyton Orient tonight would be the first time the club have won seven successive league matches since April 1955.

A battling 3-1 away win over manager Lee Johnson’s former club Oldham Athletic last weekend made it six league wins on the trot for the first time since November 1980.

But one more win would see the resurgent Reds make it seven in a row for the first time in nearly 60 years.

And Johnson believes his players having nothing to fear from now until the end of the season as they chase a sought-after place with ten games remaining.

“We’ve got to see it [securing a play-off place] as if we’ve come up on the rails,” said Johnson.

“And we’ve got to continue that winning form for the final furlongs of the season.

“The lads are confident at the moment and they shouldn’t feel any pressure.

“People are probably not expecting them to do it, but that’s a nice feeling to have.

“We’ve got some tough games coming, most of which we’ll be the underdog, so it’s giving us a nice, fresh feeling that we can surprise people.

“We’re top of the form table at the moment, so that just shows you how crazy this division is.

“We have to keep going and keep pushing forward. We have to continue on that path of progression.”

Keeper Ross Turnbull and defender James Bree are the only two absentees for the Reds’ midweek clash, while boss Johnson is working hard to try and extend Blackburn Rovers winger John O’Sullivan’s loan deal until the end of the season.

And although the 33-year-old is delighted with the progress is team in his brief spell in charge thus far, the manager is hungry for more improvement as he tries to deliver his blueprint for long-term success.

“It’s still very early in my tenure and there’s a lot of things I want to integrate into the squad,” stressed Johnson.

“I want us to dominate the possession in matches, that’s very important.

“We want to play winning football – and that’s possession with a purpose.

“If we can upgrade on that possession of the football then we’ll be getter closer to where I want us to be.”