Date: 3rd March 2015 at 4:56pm
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New manager Lee Johnson is relishing tonight’s game against Coventry City and he’s hoping for back to back victories following the one nil win over Gillingham at the weekend.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, he looked back at our trip to Priestfield again and said.

‘I was delighted to get the win. Of course it was important to get the monkey off the back for the first win and there’s no better time to get it than the first game in charge. I was really pleased with the players. Although we didn’t have to change too much after two good results, a slight tweak to the formation and tactical mindset worked and they produced it on the day. We scored a good goal and defended resolutely to send our travelling fans home happy.’

In the pre game press conference, Johnson was asked specifically about the form of Adam Davies and his recent showings, and he explained.

‘There was one save in particular on Saturday that kept us in the game and I do feel the goalkeeper needs to be that sort of spiritual leader if you like. I’ve only seen him close at hand in two games and he’s been excellent. I know he had a very good reputation and I actually tried to sign him when I was at Oldham but lost out to Barnsley.’

As for Ross Turnbull’s injury and his likelihood of returning this campaign, the gaffer said it was unlikely as we aren’t yet sure if his back problem will clear up without the need for surgery but obviously if he does have to go under the knife he’s definitely out for the season – what’s important is we do the right thing by him so he can return fit.

Sam Winnall is close to a return though and he says he could have potentially risked him against Gillingham in some capacity and had the game not needed the travel, he probably would’ve played. Dale Jennings is back though but Peter Ramage is 10-20 days off.

As for Coventry itself.

‘It would be great to get a home win tomorrow. The fans have been excellent since I arrived. I have had a lot of well wishes personally and on social media, so I thank everyone for that. Of course I am keen to make a good impression. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression and I want to endear myself to the public and the people of Barnsley. The reality (Coventry) is that it’s going to be a very tough game on Tuesday night though. At our very best we have a good chance of winning it, but if we drop off our best we have a good chance of losing the game.’

Johnson ends by saying ultimately it’s up to the players and the staff to make sure we are on it though and that’s what his efforts have been going into because he does want that first home win and back to back victories to give him the best start possible to life at the club so far.

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