Date: 30th July 2015 at 5:31pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said that he was delighted with the game against Middlesbrough because it showed us the lessons we need to learn.

After a reasonably comfortable opening 45 minutes last night, they scored four goals in the second period to take the comprehensive victory but with a test against opponents like that well planned, the scoreline wasn’t a concern for the gaffer as he got what he wanted from it.

Barnsley:

Dibble, Bree (Roberts 46), Mawson (Wardle 87), Nyatanga (Holgate 46), Smith, Scowen, Pearson, Rothwell, Watkins, Wilkinson (Jackson 67), Phenix (Maris 57).

Subs:

Walton, Jackson, Maris.

Middlesbrough:

Mejias, Husband, Fry, Gibson (Jackson 27), Clayton (Carayol 76), Adomah, Maloney, Nsue, Wildschut, Kike (Forshaw 76), Fabbrini (Reach 61).

Subs:

Konstantopoulos, Ripley, Ayala, Leadbitter, Tomlin, Kalas.

Referee: Darren England.
Attendance: 2,082.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game a pleased manager explained.

‘I was well pleased with the game. I thought it was brilliant. We got the lessons that we needed and we did all right in patches. It showed what we already know but why I was pleased, but not pleased with the defeat, is we know that they are the Premier League’s 23rd team, if you like. You have to concentrate really hard against them and you could see with the third and fourth goal we lost our concentration.’

He went on to say that knowing their quality, there were some really ‘good lessons’ for us to learn individually and collectively as a side to kick on further, but clearly performance wise the first half was more pleasing than the second.

‘Generally, I’m delighted with it as an exercise but people have got to remember – don’t panic because we’ve got some good players to come back into that. Obviously I wanted to win the game but I was delighted with it as an exercise. I’ll be expecting to put a slightly different team out and perform that bit better against Huddersfield on Saturday.’

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