Date: 6th March 2015 at 6:08pm
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Manager Lee Johnson was a happy man in midweek as he backed up his first win since coming in as manager with his first Oakwell win meaning we are now four unbeaten since the Crawley embarrassment and all have been a return of three points.

Speaking to the Official Site following the Coventry victory, Johnson explained.

‘I’m very happy, second win in a week, four overall and we’re on a good little run and two points off the play-offs. We can’t get carried away because that complacency can set in. We have another home game on Saturday and I thought it was a good performance. It is such a young group yet it is bursting with enthusiasm and the ability to win the game in the way we did.’

As for the performance, he went on to credit the midfield three for being ‘excellent’ and not giving the opposition midfield ‘a second’ of peace in the game.

‘As someone went, they inevitably won the ball and not only did they win it, they nicked it and gave it to one of their mates who had full energy to go and be dynamic.’

The one disappointment for him was in the final third he felt we lacked some quality, but overall it was three points and he had to be happy with that.

‘We didn’t have quite enough quality high up the pitch today but there were a lot of good areas and if we can just up that quality we could have gone on to win two or three nil.’

Moving attention to the Walsall match, he opened by giving a fitness update on John O’Sullivan.

‘John O`Sullivan is OK. We`ve got to be careful because he has had a tight hamstring for a couple of weeks and we have played him about a half hour too long in the last couple of games, so we`ll rest him today and tomorrow. We`re hopeful, I would say 70/30 in favour that he will be available for the weekend.’

As for other team news, it’s a case of how we were from midweek really and it’s possible Sam Winnall will get longer this weekend having come through his cameo appearance against Coventry with no ill effects.

‘As for Peter Ramage I think he is still a couple of weeks away. You`ve got to be careful as it is his thigh and a recurrence of the injury. He is certainly going to be an important player for us going into the final run in.’

As for Walsall themselves, Johnson was full of praise for their manager Dean Smith and what he’s achieved with them and he knows they are a good side but they are also punching above their weight so we have to expect a difficult and testing time against them.

‘They punch above their weight which is always the sign of a good manager. He has got them into the JPT Final and they are a good side with threats. If they were to beat us they would go above us on goal difference – it`s so tight in League One you can think you`re way ahead of somebody and one results turns that perception. We will have to be really on our game because if we are not they have real threats. Sawyer is a player I really like, Bradshaw has come back and looks sharp and Baxendale can be a threat. They`re reasonable strong at the back and they are a team that have been around for a long time and they know each others game inside out. It will be a tough game.’

He also says that given their average of 420 passes in 90 minutes, compared to our 250, he expects them at points to dominate possession so we have to be sharp, cover our men and ensure that when they do have the ball we don’t let them through until we can get it back so we will need a good disciplined defensive display so that whilst they might be dominating the possession – they aren’t actually running the game.

‘If we get into a good shape and break off that we can be effective with the qualities that we have. There are many different ways to win a football match and as a manager I have got to try and assess the best way and we will certain go out against Walsall and try to win.’

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