Date: 14th December 2015 at 5:29pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has admitted the three two victory over Colchester United a the weekend was a true ‘game of two halves’ with how the game unfolded.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, he explained that he couldn’t have been more pleased with the opening 45 minutes and for him, we thoroughly deserved our two goal lead with goals coming from Conor Hourihane and Adam Hammill, but then going three nil up on the hour mark with Ivan Toney’s strike – the second half was a shambles as the hosts hit two quick goals of their own to set up a very nervy end to the match.

‘I thought first half we were outstanding. I thought we were great and really solid and limited them to nothing, we could have had a couple more before half time. They had a couple of warning shots which at times we dealt with it and times we didn`t. I am disappointed in the last 25 minutes but delighted to win it. It`s still a young group but all our solidness and great shape first half went to pot second half. All I wanted to do is remind everyone that this is a really big win for us, over 90 minutes we fully deserved it. Our performances have been consistent but yes we are conceding too many goals. We can get a decent little run now.’

With Johnson adamant that so far this season Barnsley haven’t picked up the results that the performances have warranted at points, he was obviously delighted to see us see this one out for a maximum return.

‘Our front two first half were excellent, the interplay is something we`ve not had enough of. They were a constant threat with their little one two`s and I thought we should have had a penalty. We were dangerous and I am pleased Ivan Toney got a goal. We have to keep sending our fans home happy now, they were fantastic today and there were a good number of them singing in the cold. They willed us to keep the win in the last 5 minutes. Whether it was a scrappy 1-0 or 3-2, the objective was 3 points and we`ve got that, and for that I congratulated the players. Adam Hammill and Ivan Toney are two good signings that we`ve made it and it just goes to show the difference today that they`ve made.’

Johnson ended by saying that of course he’d be watching the game back as when lost in the emotions you’re never as good or as bad as you think, and again it’ll be about taking from the match what we can in terms of the positives, but also the negatives so they can be worked on at the training ground.

‘I`ll watch the game back. It`s never as good as you think, but it`s never as bad as you think. We`re still educating young players and it will be a factor in how quick they learn their lessons. They need to know how to kill a game off. We`re very close as you saw first half, but we need to cut the mistakes. Overall it`s been a really positive day for us.’

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