Date: 18th January 2016 at 11:14am
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Manager Lee Johnson has give his thoughts following victory over Shrewsbury Town at the weekend.

Making the trip to Micky Mellon’s side at the Greenhous Meadow, a brace of goals from Sam Winnall and an Alfie Mawson solo effort to cap the scoring off in the second half gave us a pretty comfortable three nil victory and Barnsley did pick up their first clean sheet in League One since September and that was obviously an additional positive for the gaffer.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press interviews, a delighted manager explained.

‘I thought we were brilliant in the first 25 minutes. The game-plan went well. We could have been another couple up as we had some decent chances and another couple cleared off the line. They were two great finishes from Sam Winnall, we felt we could get at them with the pace we have in our wide players and we did. We were then comfortable for about another 10 minutes, but we then did an ‘us` – the bad side of us. We dropped off and their first real attack resulted in us conceding a penalty but it was brilliant that it went for us and it was a quality save from Adam Davies! Two saves in fact as straight after he made another good stop. The penalty was beyond the call of duty, he was unlucky last week as he made a mistake but he`s performed really well recently and we asked him to keep that consistency up and he`s done that, he`s been part of a very big win. I am really pleased for Josh Brownhill as well, he was excellent in his first game. There was too many other good performances to talk about everybody.’

With fans travelling all the way, Johnson also spoke of their support and how he was pleased to have sent them home having seen a good performance and a good win.

‘Even though we were 3-0 up we kept going, we tried to get the fourth and fifth. The fans were outstanding today, the boys have treated them to a good performance as well. It was nice to see the scenes at the end, I appreciated that. They sang my name which was nice, we`ve apologised for our bad form and now we`re trying to rectify it. We`ve got 13 or 14 players now who can have a decent game against anyone in League One. I think we`re a different side now, we`re set up very well. We`ve had the core of this group for a while, kept the same formation and been able to get all those little tiny things that add up in a game. We`ve got the organisation we need to keep us consistent.’

As for the clean sheet itself given such a long run of matches without one, Johnson joked.

‘Hallelujah!’

But in all seriousness he knew it was just another element of the improvements the side have been making following the bad run of form we were on, but even then with the penalty he had to admit an element of luck in keeping it – but he’d take it.

‘You could say we were lucky with the clean sheet but sometimes we were unlucky not to keep one. We had a lot of chances and we stopped them having that many. Great to get the clean sheet but most important was three points. We`ll just keep going and working hard. When it was really tough we had people in the staff who kept going, we all turned up every day with enthusiasm to keep the players up so I`m pleased for everyone, and it`s nice to have turned it around.’

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