Date: 13th August 2015 at 3:59pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his thoughts ahead of the first Oakwell fixture of the season against Burton Albion this weekend.

Audio – Johnson On Burton

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference the manager went on to say that he was expecting a very tough game against a well organised Burton side, no doubt on a high following last year’s promotion success from League Two.

‘I think it is going to be a very tough game for us. They have momentum, they`re a team that have been together a long time and haven`t added too many signings. They`re very organised and disciplined. We had someone at the game on Tuesday and they defended very well and had some threats on the breaks. It will be a difficult game for us, it isn`t going to be one we can turn up and win, we have to be at our absolute best to stand a chance of winning.’

Having said that though Johnson knows we have a good side ourselves and we should have confidence within the team that sees us through, so as long as we approach the match right and come out with the right attitude he’s confident of all three points.

With a defeat to Chesterfield and then a penalty win over Scunthorpe in the Cup, Johnson went on to say that the weekend was an opportunity for the players to give the fans something to shout about.

‘It`s a good marker for us and you never get a second chance at a first impression and we have players who want to make that first impression and hopefully will make a good one on Saturday. I was really disappointed and it hurt the defeat because it was a cup final mentality and we had mild depression for a couple of days, as did the players. It was a tough game against Scunthorpe but we did come through it and it was a bit of a character builder. There`s another on Saturday and they come thick and fast in this division and we`ve got to be up for it.’

As for team news ahead of the game, Johnson confirmed we did have a few doubts but he expected to field a strong side on the day.

‘We have a few aching bodies but generally everyone is okay. Marley Watkins had a hip flexor problem but he is ok and Sam Winnall was suffering with blisters believe it or not. It was one of the nastiest blisters I`ve ever seen on the sole of his foot from the Chesterfield game so he was quite brave just to get out there. At Chesterfield the pitch was hard but I asked him whether he was wearing new boots and me he said no, whether or not he was lying I don`t know. But when I saw it, it did make me wince.’

Johnson went on to say that Ryan Williams was set to return to training today and he was going to be ‘pushed’ to bring his own fitness on further, but it would of course be done sensibly.

With confirmation today of Mason Holgate’s move to Everton, Johnson also said he wasn’t necessarily finished in the transfer market himself this summer.

‘We`ve certainly got plans but it`s difficult to say we have moves ready to go because the majority of time they are other people`s players and a lot has got to go on. Naturally you do set wheels in motion for different scenarios or even two or three to happen. There`s good players everywhere and players we`re interested in because they are good players.’

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