Date: 6th October 2015 at 10:55am
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Manager Lee Johnson has said that he harbours a Wembley dream for Barnsley this season as we go into the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Bradford tonight.

On the back of the late loss to Doncaster in the derby at the weekend, The Star have the gaffer quoted from his pre game press conference as saying that it’s the perfect time to show our intentions for the competition this year, and also draw a line under the last derby by taking bragging rights in this one.

Adding to the spice is the fact an Northern Area Quarter Final is up for grabs tonight.

‘I think it`s a good competition. We want to do well in it, we`re a big club in the division and it would be amazing to give the fans a trip to Wembley. You want to win games and winning games breeds confidence. This is an opportunity for the players to get the winning mindset back after Saturday`s league game. We shouldn`t have our confidence knocked too much because we performed pretty well.’

With Johnson preferring a more free flowing approach, Bradford is stark contrast with a physical and direct outlook on the game, and Johnson knows that key tonight will be getting the game plan spot on and the players carrying it out effectively.

‘We have to impose our game on them and play our football. We have to move the ball quickly and effectively. When we get into areas to exploit the opposition and be creative we must have those creative players at the top of their game. If we do that well we`ll win the game, and if not, they`ll impose their game on us.’

In terms of team news for the game, a number have already been ruled out of the trip to Valley Parade.

Dan Crowley (England U19s), Simeon Jackson (Canada) and Conor Wilkinson (Ireland U21) have all been called up by their countries so will be naturally missing owing to that but we also have some minor injuries to contend with, so Johnson is likely to shuffle the pack somewhat within the allowable rules.

Whatever changes he does make though, he knows is an opportunity for somebody else to stake a claim and impress and that’s what he’ll be looking for.

‘We are depleted for a number of reasons. We have a number of knocks that we need to rest or be careful with. But it gives the opportunity for one of our younger players to come in either off the bench or start, and see how they do.’

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