Date: 23rd August 2015 at 8:04pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his thoughts following the score less draw with Bradford at the weekend.

Vital Report – Barnsley 0-0 Bradford
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Speaking to the Official Site having seen Barnsley extend their unbeaten run on home soil this campaign, the gaffer said obviously the result wasn’t what he’d been hoping for but there were again positives he could take.

‘I thought that was a tough game for both sides for different reasons. Bradford are a good team with good players, changed their shape and have added quality to what they already have. I knew before the game it would be really tough with two contrasting styles but I thought it was a good game and a good advert for the Football League.’

Johnson admits the game didn’t see as many shots and exciting moments as people would’ve liked, but it was one of those that he felt was good to watch because of it’s battling nature and for him personally he’ll take a lot given the character the team had to show.

‘I thought there were lots of positives. The way we moved the ball at times was demoralising and we certainly controlled the tempo and recycled the ball well. I`m upset because we wanted the win but generally knowing that it is a decent point. We couldn`t quite get a goal when we were dominating and we were unfortunate not to nick it.’

The gaffer went on to pick out Alfie Mawson and Marc Roberts who are getting their first experiences of this level of football and he feels they are both adjusting well to the demands of League One.

‘It`s a good start defensively for Alfie Mawson and Marc Roberts. It`s important to remember they haven`t played at this level before and they won`t come against too many strikers as physically strong as James Hanson. I was very pleased with the way they came out of it, they controlled the possession, took the ball and were brave. This team does need time to link but the little one percent`s will soon add up.’

As for one criticism he could have of the showing was that at points we were too sloppy for him in possession of the ball as we weren’t getting in and behind them often enough or asking enough questions of their defence – instead preferring to knock it around amongst ourselves and he wants us to be far more attack minded than that.

‘The one criticism I had of us today is that at times we got a little bit sloppy and started enjoying the possession. I was saying at half-time to the lads the devil is in the detail because we didn`t get in behind them enough and ultimately that wasn`t enough. We`re competing in every game. We know it`s a side that is working progress and we have to look to achieve and the dream is promotion, but we have to work hard to achieve that dream.’

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