Date: 28th January 2016 at 12:50pm
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Manager Lee Johnson is looking for Barnsley to continue their five game winning streak in League One when we head to the County Ground this weekend.

With the five game run hit in the midweek one nil victory over Bradford City, Johnson has previously admitted that it wasn’t our best performance but he was pleased with how the side dug in to take victory.

Opening with an update about injury news as he spoke to the Official Site Johnson was obviously hoping for a more entertaining performance – but if we need to grind out the win again, he’d take that.

‘Aidy White has had an injection and could be anywhere from one to three weeks away depending on how it settles. Adam Hammill is obviously out with his knee but he`s convinced himself he`ll be back quicker than the medics say. Lewin Nyatanga is nearing a return but Ryan Williams is also injured again. No news on Alfie Mawson yet, now is the time we`ll be assessing him. Sometimes with groins they can be long-term, but they can also just be little pockets of gas and he might be all right. The next couple of days is key. I don`t know if he`ll make Saturday.’

Looking back to the last match and the positives he could take from it, he went on to say.

‘It was a different type of win for us and it was a difficult place to go. I`ve watched it back for the second time and it was better than I thought, I was probably too critical on our quality after the game. What we did well was get back into key areas quickly, and when you do that you`re going to be difficult to beat. We`ve now got a group who can do that.’

With Barnsley now only seven points off the play off spots following the earlier problematic form and results, he was pleased with how the players had turned it around but obviously he wanted consistency now.

‘I think the back four is a big thing. Our lines are better and they`re staying connected which is important. We need to be lucky with injuries as we`ve already got four or five to key players. We need to make sure we get our underbelly used to the squad to go into the first team, just like George Williams. I don`t think there will be any problem with keeping the lads grounded. I can tell the characters they are, they`re all good kids. They haven`t got it in them to be too big for their boots and if they did we`d jump down on them. I think now in the group we`ve got lads that if they recognised it they would pull them up.’

With the January window nearing a close now, he also admitted that he was hopeful of doing a little more business.

‘We`d like to bring one or two in, there`s three areas we could do with improving on. We`ve got important games coming up so anyone who comes in has got to be fit. With 19 games to go a lot can happen! I think the lads have earned some praise and the spirit has always been there even when we were on a poor run. We have to keep going and go into the Swindon game, not thinking about Thursday, that if we win we get closer to the play-offs. We have to play every team again which changes the dynamic as they become mini six-pointers. What we`ve done is kept our season alive in two competitions now, both the league and the JPT.’

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