Date: 28th March 2015 at 9:58pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said he was relatively pleased with the draw against table toppers Bristol City today as it did mean Barnsley went nine unbeaten, but he was of course disappointed to see us lose the lead.

Hear Johnson Speak About Bristol City (click here)

Having battled back from a goal down, the points were shared when they hit a leveller six minutes from the end of normal time, and the gaffer explained.

‘Of course it’s always disappointing to lose a lead. I wouldn’t say I’m fully content. But to come to the league leaders in a carnival atmosphere, if you like, and come out with a point – we looked fairly solid for most of the game – it’s a good start. The results went for us in the division and that means we can kick on for the remaining games.’

Johnson was asked if this result ‘sent a message’ to other teams in the division, and he couldn’t care less about that, as he answered all that matters was what we did ourselves and how we viewed things.

‘It’s not about messages, it’s about us maintaining that desire to give the fans a run for their money. The players are disappointed, and that’s a good side. We’ve come from nowhere. If you fail, you may as well fail bold. That doesn’t mean we are going to fail, it means I don’t want fear or mediocrity.’

Speaking more about the performance in the game, he went on to say.

‘Pearson second half was excellent. We spoke to him at half time, we said ‘you’ve got Man United in you and it needs to come out’. He’s been ill all week but it shows character and the spirit he’s got, that’s why he’s going to go have a good career. It’s a poor challenge for the penalty. He’s (M’voto) rash at times, and he doesn’t need to be. He’s really strong, really quick and he’s a good one-on-one defender but he gets that rush of blood. He knows he’s got to improve on that. It’s a mindset Jean’s struggled with because he’s got so many positives to his game.’

With Joe Wildsmith making his debut, Johnson said that Christian Dibble has come back and we’d even registered goalkeeping coach Mark Crossley for cover but thankfully it’s worked out for us.

‘Joe has done well for his league debut. There was a calm focus about him. He made a couple of good saves and his kicking was good. He coped well. I reminded him it was about concentration and if something goes wrong, to keep going.’

As for other injury news following the game he added.

‘Mason Holgate has a slight niggle of the hamstring. It was disappointing because he felt it a little bit but failed to report it properly. Because he doesn’t quite understand his own body yet, he’s tried to play through it, but it’s not a bad thing. He’ll learn through experience. Maybe we could have used him today, off the bench, but it was a risk with some big games coming up. Ramage is fit, he’s flying and he’s done very well in training. The problem we’ve got is the seven loans and it’s not ideal. Ramage would have been a good contender to start, he’d have gone toe-to-toe with Jean-Yves but the fact he’s a loan means he didn’t make the squad.’

Quotes – Official Site

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