Date: 30th August 2015 at 7:07pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said he was left very disappointed following our three nil loss to Rochdale yesterday at their Spotland ground.

Video – Rochdale 3-0 Barnsley
Audio – Johnson On Rochdale Loss

Having spoken ahead of the game following our fantastic efforts at Everton and the extra time loss, Johnson had admitted the result alone would dictate how people viewed changes or the lack thereof, but on the day he knew he couldn’t really complain given our overall performance.

Speaking to the Official Site Johnson admitted he was ‘very disappointed’ with the loss, but all the excuses in the world wouldn’t change the fact that it just wasn’t good enough.

‘You can have all the excuses in the world, we all know what they are, but we didn’t do enough. Were there circumstances? Can I write it off? No. I thought two or three went under, mentally, which I’ll keep in house but I’ll have a word with them. I just thought we lacked what we’ve normally got which is that bit of quality and that bit of energy. I’m not saying that as an excuse from the other day, I’m just saying that as a fact.’

Johnson did however go on to say that he wasn’t overly worried following the result as with the midweek exploits this game was always going to be difficult for us, especially after extra time, but not being worried doesn’t mean he won’t demand more in the future or ensure that the players don’t learn everything they can from this loss.

‘Am I worried? No. Not at all. Because when it goes from Saturday to Saturday, we’ll have a lot more time to get working with the players. I was a bit disappointed in a couple for different reasons but that’s life. Thanks to the fans because they still made themselves enjoy it even though we didn’t give them much to enjoy. We move on and we have to move on very quickly.’

The gaffer went on to say that really there were just too many ‘unforced errors’ in the game and he’s been there as a player before where it just doesn’t work as it normally does and that doubt creeps in, and against sides as good as Rochdale they will make you pay on days like that.

‘I’ve been there before as a player, there were far too many unforced errors. They’re a good side. It was a bad time to play them, they’ve got a lot of energy. I’m disappointed because I’m looking for those leaders in the group.’

He didn’t however regret making changes in the game.

‘I don’t regret it because I wanted to show trust in the squad. I think the players will regret their performance. They’re an educated bunch (fans), they see what we’re trying to do. They knew it wasn’t a usual performance from us as far as our energy levels are concerned. The fixture list wasn’t kind and our players weren’t good. When you get those two clashes, you’re in for a poor game.’

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