Date: 25th August 2015 at 8:50pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said that Barnsley need to impose themselves on Everton in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup second round tie.

Audio – Johnson Previews Everton

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of tomorrow’s tie, the gaffer explained that there were no new injuries to report ahead of the game and the only player ruled out is Ryan Williams following his slight groin tear.

Manchester United have also given Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell permission to play in the Capital One Cup, but at the time of giving his interview he was still waiting to hear from Arsenal when it came to Dan Crowley.

‘The lads are hungry and committed. They have shown that in their opening five games and we take a lot of enthusiasm into tomorrow`s match. The key message is to impose yourself on the game and demand more from yourself and your team-mates, but most importantly play with freedom and someone might just be a hero.’

Johnson was also quick to point to the influence the fans can have in a game like this, and it’s something the players have to tap into to get that extra few percent out of themselves in what will be a very tough game for us.

‘We have to use the energy of the crowd to put their good players under pressure. The fans want to see us go at all of them and show how we can impose our game on Everton whilst being concentrated enough to deal with their quality.’

The gaffer also said he was looking forward to pitting his ‘wits’ against a quality young manager like Roberto Martinez and then having the opportunity to talk about the game with him post match, but he was obviously hoping the conversation involved an upset compared to what many believe will be the final score.

‘Sometimes Premier League sides don`t want to look like they are working hard against a League One side so that could be our opportunity to exploit them. If they think they can come here and not work hard we will expose that. We have to come out and be bold and brave, hopefully that will stand us in good stead to get a result and enhance the reputation of the players, and the club as a whole! There has been many a shock in cup football and I hope we can pull one off.’

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