Date: 14th April 2015 at 3:32pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has wrapped up his thoughts on our one all draw with Chesterfield at the weekend.

Johnson’s Chesterfield Audio
Chesterfield Highlights
Chesterfield Match Report
Chesterfield Match Stats

With the visitors taking the lead half way through the first period, Barnsley had to battle back for a point on the day which was achieved when Sam Winnall struck just after the hour mark.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Johnson explained that in the first half he was impressed with our play from set pieces as we did look dangerous, but that was about it and it was below par by our own standards.

‘Well, I thought the first half we looked dangerous from set-pieces but not much else. I didn’t think from open play we looked dangerous. We could have come in 2-1 up maybe, I really did feel that with the set-piece chances we had. Certain individuals didn’t do enough and I said that at half time. I said you can’t play in a first-team game like you’re playing in the Under 21s. There were three or four that were playing like that. To be fair, they took it on. I wasn’t too aggressive, I was genuine and honest.’

Johnson went on to say that in football, at this level, you have to demonstrate to the crowd that you have a desire to win the game and you do that with effort, intensity and by being positive, and again he felt too many in the first half just weren’t doing that and they were coasting through really, not taking sensible risks to make something happen.

‘People will forgive as long as you’re being bold and trying to do things. They came out second half and gave it a right go. They showed a bit of character there, considering it’s a young group. We pegged a very good side back to the edge of their 18-yard box for the majority of the second half.’

As for the conditions, Johnson went on to say that without being disrespectful the pitch isn’t the greatest and that did get in the way of how he wanted us to play, but by the end of the game he felt the team had performed pretty well all in.

‘This is no disrespect to anybody but the pitch is not conducive to playing Barcelona-style football because you can’t trust your touch. If we’d have done that, they’d have just got behind the ball and took it off us. You have to play with your head down and everything becomes a fight. I still want to win. I want to win and play nice football but you have to play winning football. Of course I want to play good football but I want to win first.’

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