We want to beat Oldham for boss Johnson, says Scowen

Josh Scowen
Josh Scowen

Barnsley midfielder Josh Scowen would love it if he and his teammates could help their manager Lee Johnson get one over his former Oldham Athletic this weekend.

The Reds clash with the Latics at Boundary Park this afternoon knowing victory could see them break into the play-off positions for the first time this season.

“Hopefully we can go there and win the game for him,” offered Scowen.

“Old players always want to get one over on their old bosses, but I think the gaffer wants to get one over on his old team.

“I think we’ll have the advantage because he knows their players very well because he’s obviously been there for a few years.”

The resurgent Reds have kept five successive cleansheets and won five matches in a row to catapult them up to seventh in League One, level on points with sixth-placed Doncaster Rovers.

And former Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Scowen believes confidence has been key to the club’s welcome run of form.

“We’ve got little mistakes in matches and we’ve kept five cleansheets in a row, so that’s obviously really good,” said Scowen.

“We’ve worked hard, stayed strong as a unit and everyone has worked well together.

“Everyone wants to get promoted and we’ll keep driving to push, get into the play-off and hopefully stay there.

“If we keep winning games our confidence is only going to get better and better. That should help drive us on.

“Things have been very good.

“Since I’ve come into the side I think I’ve done well.

“And winning five games on the bounce can only makes things better.

“Things can change very quickly. We were down by the relegation zone, but in the space of a couple of weeks we’ve nearly in the play-off positions.

“But that’s football and hopefully we can keep on pushing and maintaining what we’re doing.”

“Finding consistency and winning games is the same at any level of football,” Scowen added.

“But if we can keep going, keep on our run, well then we’ll be in with a shout come the end of the season.

“Confidence has been the main change. Our confidence has grown and grown as soon as he won after losing to Crawley.

“You can see in players like George Waring, who has got four goals in his last three games.

Scowen added: “It’s always nice to have someone who is always putting the ball in the back of the net. And we’ve got that at the moment.”