Date: 28th April 2015 at 6:07pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his thoughts following the one nil loss to Bradford at the weekend.

Audio – Johnson On Bradford Loss

Speaking to the Official Site following the defeat, the manager explained that above everything else he felt both clubs has ‘acquitted’ themselves very well on what was a difficult and passionate day for non footballing reasons with clubs marking the 30th anniversary of the Bradford Fire disaster on the day.

‘Naturally I want to talk about the football but it’s a very passionate day for non-footballing reasons. What I can say is both Clubs have acquitted themselves fantastically well. The players gave it a go on the pitch. The supporters with their passion you could see and all the lads making the walk – not only from Barnsley but from Lincoln as well which is unbelievable. Yorkshire has come together today and that’s nice because, of course, it was a horrendous tragedy.’

Audio – Mansford On Bradford Walk

As for the game itself, Johnson knew we had the opportunities to have at least taken a point from the game, but sadly for us we just couldn’t find that telling breakthrough but as eyes more turn to 2015-16 now and his first pre season in charge, Johnson admits it is about looking at the positives because he is being slightly experimental at the moment with some things as he formulates plans for the coming campaign.

‘I’m looking for positives because we’re at that stage of the season where, of course, we’re being experimental. There were some positives. Mason Holgate looked like a man in a good environment with a big club and lot of fans. They turned on him and he dealt with that nicely so that was good. We tried to play football on a difficult pitch and got caught unstuck on five or six occasions in the first half. I didn’t mind that because we were trying to play. The criticism I’d have is that we played back too much. There were a couple of individuals who were passing back rather than forwards.’

Johnson goes on to say that he wanted to give George Maris some time on the pitch and he felt he did ‘okay’ but not enough really as he didn’t quite have the impact he’d have hoped for.

‘He did okay but not quite enough as he’s coming on to try and make an impression. Whether you’re 18, 27 or 37 you have to come on an make an impression. We want to win games. We could have won the game and the lads kept going and it wasn’t played like a testimonial.’

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