Date: 27th January 2016 at 9:52am
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Manager Lee Johnson and Josh Scowen have been giving their thoughts following the excellent six one victory over Rochdale at the weekend.

Hosting Keith Hill’s side at Oakwell for the match, Alfie Mawson, Marley Watkins and Kevin Long scored one a piece, leaving Sam Winnall to pick up his hattrick.

A delighted Johnson told the Official Site in his post Saturday interviews that he couldn’t have been happier with the manner of our fourth successive league win as Barnsley moved five points clear of the dropzone.

‘The feeling is one of pure elation. I`m delighted for everybody, especially the lads, we scored goals and Sam`s got his hat-trick and everybody`s in form. I`m delighted for the fans because it`s nice to put on a good show at home and I`m thrilled for the staff because it was always going to be a tough game. Once we scored the third it always looked like we were going to produce a rout, we`ve done that and given the fans something to buzz about for the next few days. Today was good all round and it has been a perfect day.’

With Rochdale being a well drilled and quality side, the size and manner of the victory was made all the sweeter for the gaffer.

‘The sweetness for me is the three points and we`ve got that today. We put in a good performance and took our chances today and we were reasonably solid. I was disappointed with our goal but you can`t have many complaints when we have performed like that against a really good side. The fans come to see their team win and the sparkle at the end was the last two or three goals but it was a great day all round. They`ll go home tonight and enjoy their evening knowing that it was an outstanding day to be here.’

With Winnall getting the hattrick on the day, the gaffer went on to praise him and also Ashley Fletcher following his impact from the substitutes bench.

‘Sam`s goals were outstanding finishes, set up well for him by the way, Ashley Fletcher did very well when he came on and he`s provided me with some real team selection headaches. Funnily enough, I didn`t think he had a great first 20 minutes, his touch wasn`t as good as normal but as soon as he scored I thought he was excellent.’

With Aiden White picking up an injury, the gaffer confirmed he would be out for two to four weeks as he’s had an injection in the pubis area to try and settle the inflammation he’s been suffering with, but he was obviously delighted to see Josh Scowen return from injury.

‘Aidy White is probably going to be out for two to four weeks, he`s had an injection in his pubis area to settle inflammation that`s caused him some real problems. As for Josh, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up as he got that cheer coming back onto the field. Nobody likes to see a football player get injured, especially not one as good as Josh and I asked him on Friday if he`d be alright for the bench and he said 100%. It was nice for him to get the cheer and get back on the pitch and get some minutes.’

Having referenced Scowen and the reception he received, that was also the focal point of his own after game interview following his return from the spell on the sidelines when he spoke to the press following the match.

The 22 year old was full of praise for the fans.

‘It was quite scary really! It was a great feeling to hear that massive cheer. I’m grateful to the fans and everyone in the medical department for helping me get back. It was unreal. Sedgey (Craig Sedgwick – Head Physiotherapist) has been helpful and got me through, I’m grateful to him and Vikki (Stevens, Assistant Physiotherapist) for their help.’

Coming on as a 79th minute sub, Scowen went on to joke.

‘I thought ‘who’s behind me!?’. I’ve never had anything like that before. Thanks a lot to the fans for giving me a great welcome back. I’m not a player to try and hold back just because I was injured. If something happens again, it happens again. I’ll carry on playing the way I was before I got injured and keep going.’

With Winnall grabbing three on the day, he was also briefly interviewed and he was quick to praise the performance of the whole team – but was obviously delighted with his proper hattrick with a left, right and head offering.

‘It`s a match that will live long in my memory. It will be hard to top the feeling of scoring that third goal and getting the win like that. It`s so rare to get a left, right foot and a header all in one game. I was so chuffed, it was a great day for myself and my family. We thoroughly deserved it as a team and we played really well. We looked really dangerous and I am delighted for everyone involved with Barnsley Football Club at the moment.’

As for the overall performance in the win, he went on to say.

‘We felt we were controlling the game till they scored. They nicked the goal from a corner and we had a shaky five minutes but I scored to make it 3-1 and the game died after that as we were given so much space to exploit, and we did. It was nice for us to be ruthless. We could have sat back and been happy with 3-1 but we didn`t want that, we wanted another three goals and that`s a sign of a good team. I`m delighted. There are so many positives, it`s just a very very good night at the office.’

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