Date: 27th August 2015 at 2:49pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said he was completely proud of the side after their battling efforts almost caused one of the upsets of the Capital One Cup second round last night.

Audio – Johnson & Winnall On Everton Loss

A five three after extra time loss to Premier League side Everton was nothing to be ashamed of given how close we ran them in the game, and the gaffer was completely right to have been delighted with the efforts of the side.

Speaking to the Official Site the gaffer explained at the full time whistle.

‘I am always proud of my players when we go for it, show no fear and we`re bold. I`m so proud of them tonight, they`ve showed what they can do. We need to use this as a catalyst to kick us on.’

If Barnsley can replicate that in the league this year we’ll certainly win more than we lose this season, and one of the biggest pleasures for Johnson was in seeing the side still go for it even at five three down.

‘Whatever the score we keep going. That`s what I`m trying to create at the Club. We got exposed to their quality, not our poor play. I`m so proud of the players and everyone associated with Barnsley Football Club today.’

Having led two nil at half time though there was a certain element of disappointment at not booking our place in round three, but he wasn’t going to let that disappointment over shadow the overall performance.

‘I am disappointed not to finish the tie winning given the position we were in, but the subs they made had a huge effect. I asked the players to enhance our reputation and everyone knows we did that today.’

With Marc Roberts being named Man of the Match by the fans, his performance despite the unfortunate own goal, came in for praise from the gaffer as well.

‘He`s had such a huge rise from non-league football, not so long ago I remember him saying he had never seen himself on the tele! He was unlucky to score the own goal. I thought he was quick, strong and effective on the ball.’

With Everton manager Roberto Martinez speaking highly of our efforts on the night and citing our players as ‘technically gifted,’ Johnson ending his interview by saying.

‘He`s not wrong, is he? I shook all the Everton players` hands and they complimented us too by saying our football was incredible. We have lost the match, but we have come out brave.’

Sam Winnall was also interviewed after the game, and he largely echoed the thoughts of the manager.

“It was a special game and one I`ll definitely remember for the rest of my career. I think we have so many positives to take as a club and I think we`ve put on a really good performance. Not just in terms of taking Everton to the wire but we`ve played some really good football and for a League One club to do that speaks volumes about the squad we`ve got and the type of philosophy we have, to play football. I couldn`t be prouder of my teammates today and it was a pleasure to play tonight.”

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