Date: 30th November 2015 at 10:39am
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his thoughts following the point gained against Sheffield United at the weekend.

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Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference having seen Barnsley trail in the game from the 16th minute – picking up an extremely late stoppage time leveller from Conor Hourihane, a relieved and delighted Johnson obviously started with the 95th minute thunderbolt when giving his thoughts.

‘It was a fantastic finish, great strike and obviously he has that in his locker. If you want that to fall to anyone on his left foot it`s Conor. Their keeper saved his penalty and he was hurting from that but he didn`t hide and when the man needed to step up he did. Thoroughly deserved in my opinion, we hit the bar, post, missed pen, handball straight after the pen and should have had another penalty. Even at the end when Ryan Williams can square it and Winnall has a tap in.’

Johnson being adamant on a point and a draw being fair is probably well stated, but he also admitted that he wasn’t going to hide from the fact that Sheffield United had chances of their own to extend the lead so they would also be sat there partially thinking they had deserved more from the match as well.

‘I can`t hide the fact they had chances. Davo (Davies) made some great saves. We started poorly and gave them the impetus. When they scored it was disappointing to see how much they time-wasted. They`ve got a group of players that are very experienced and the shape they played was about being behind the ball. I think it could be a big point. I`ve just come in to the players there and it was nice to hear from them. They`re starting to mature a bit now, a lot of the stuff was positive and they were talking about going on a good run.’

With Wigan up next weekend in the Semi Final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Johnson knows we go into the game as underdogs but it’s another opportunity for a positive result to get some momentum under us in search of the talked about ‘good run’.

‘We`ll be the under-dog but it`s up to the players to show their spirit. We know we`ve got the quality and we`ll get another week of fitness. We`ll go and affect Wigan, we`ll get chances we just need to keep firm at the back.’

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