Date: 14th October 2015 at 1:19pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said he was delighted with Barnsley’s progression through to the Area Quarter Finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last night with a two one victory over Bradford in the rearranged game.

Speaking to the Official Site following the derby win, a pleased gaffer explained.

‘What I`m pleased with today is how competitive we were. Whenever you come to Bradford you know it`s going to be a difficult game, so you`ve got to make sure you stand up and compete. Our defence was strong, we were hard to break down and Adam Davies looked good.’

With Conor Hourihane sending in two set pieces that were converted by skipper Alfie Mawson and Marley Watkins to win the game, Johnson went on to talk about the slight tweak to formation he made in the match.

‘It gave us strength in both boxes. I would have liked to have seen us be a bit more fluent with the ball in the first half though. We adjusted something at half time as we had to work harder in the middle to create angles, and once we did that we were the better team.’

With us through to the next round now, Johnson was obviously asked about hopes and ambitions for the tournament but having said already it’s one we are taking seriously, he didn’t want anybody to get carried away – we just need to take it game by game.

‘No talk of Wembley at all, you just can`t. It`s too early and it`s a tough northern section, it would be disrespectful to anyone else left in the draw. I would love to lead the team out there though, I would honestly love nothing more, so the dream is there and we have to aspire to it.’

Another positive on the day was the professional debut of Harry White as a substitute, and Johnson was pleased with his showing but admitted his parents had twisted his arm.

‘I had to get Harry on. His Mum and Dad were ringing me as they kept driving miles to come and see him! He`s not shy, he put himself about and he did well. I thought all our subs did well tonight though.’

With Southend next up at the weekend, Johnson ended his interview by saying.

‘I`m really pleased with tonight. We didn`t want the confidence to dip as we`re doing alright. The fans needed that to get a boost. We`ll kick on for Saturday now and get the boys ready, our international players will be back so we look strong again.’

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