Date: 9th November 2015 at 1:43pm
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With FA Cup disappointment and an apology behind us, manager Lee Johnson has now turned his thoughts to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against York City tomorrow evening.

Video – Altrincham Highlights

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference with Barnsley unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup this year by non league Altrincham, a disappointed and frustrated manager explained.

‘I`m massively disappointed. I have to be big and say congrats to them, they deserved their win. They had more energy and we didn`t show the character to break them down. It`s disappointing to lose any game, whether that`s pre-season, league or cup. The whole club needs to work out how to go forward, there`s a losing mentality at the minute. We need a clean sweep of the mind-set and get some people to change. I take full responsibility and it`s my place to make sure that changes. We`re not in a situation where we can feel sorry for ourselves.’

With Josh Scowen leaving the pitch having picked up an injury, the gaffer also talked about the ongoing injury problems we have and how that is affecting us at this moment in time.

‘We`ll assess Scowen. He was in tears at one point. We had a decision to make whether we took him off or left him on, and I wanted to get him off and assessed even though it was important for him to be on. Marley Watkins today played with an injury so fair play to him. Conor Hourihane was playing a week too early and Lloyd Isgrove played with a shoulder injury as well. That`s three players that have put their bodies on the line for the club and that`s what we need.’

There was also an apology for the fans following the defeat.

‘I apologise from myself and the players. Nobody wants to see their club get giant killed. I also say thank you, I understand they`re upset but they could be more disruptive and they haven`t been. I will be fighting till the end to get this back for them.’

With defiance and a desire for change in the air, we go quickly into the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against York now looking for a turnaround in fortunes, and Johnson’s expecting a tough game once more.

‘Josh Scowen is going for a scan today. Josh has been fantastic for me, he`s a great lad and if he`s out we`ll miss him. Conor Hourihane came through ok which is good as he did well when he came on. We are checking on Lloyd Isgrove today and Marley Watkins is suspended because he has five yellow cards. There is an opportunity for somebody and we`ll change things round. You never know, we might find a hidden gem in the academy.’

As for York more specifically, the manager was keen to keep our Wembley hopes alive.

‘By winning tomorrow we keep our Wembley dream alive. We would love to give the fans a day out and it`s an opportunity for the players. I`ve been lucky enough to play at Wembley and it`s a great competition. I think their (York) playing style has changed since Jackie McNamara has come in. He will try and play football and the way he likes to play will make it a good footballing game tomorrow. We need a win. The players need it, the fans need it, I need it. The next win, hopefully on Tuesday, will galvanise everyone and start us on an upward cycle.’

There was fire in his belly as he spoke though, and he was determined to turn our current form around.

‘I`ll never stop fighting. I`ll keep going, that`s been built in me since I was a kid. The players need to get that belly of strength to come out and produce everything they`ve got.’

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