Date: 13th November 2015 at 3:02pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his pre game press conference ahead of the Port Vale clash this weekend, and he knows Barnsley are in for a tough test.

Audio – Johnson Won’t Give Up

Speaking to the Official Site following on from the midweek victory over York in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Johnson admitted it had been a relief and he’s hoping that the confidence boost can now carry over into our poor League One form and we can turn that corner.

‘The victory makes me feel at least half the man I was before! It`s good because you get some sleep and it breeds confidence in the group and hopefully it`ll be a bright and breezy place today. Adam Hammill was a catalyst on Tuesday and we needed that passion and spark on the day and he brought that on the day. It felt like we`d just won the World Cup it was that sort of relief.’

As for Port Vale more specifically, he went on to say that despite their struggles of late as well, he’s not expecting an easy game.

‘I view it as a tough challenge, they`re a very experienced and solid side. They`re big men and good communicators but we need to make sure we impose our game on them at home. Points-wise and momentum-wise it is a big game for us because we want to start a run in a positive way. Hopefully after Tuesday’s win, we`ll bring a few fans back and they`ll get behind the lads for 90 minutes.’

Johnson also had praise for opposite number Rob Page – a man he knows very well indeed from his playing days.

‘Robert Page was my captain at Watford and was a good captain and a good man and he has that Championship experience as well. They`ll be looking for an improvement on their FA Cup draw with Maidenhead.’

With the news that Josh Scowen has now been ruled out for ten to twelve weeks having picked up a knee problem, the gaffer added that was obviously a blow for us but it’s one we need to get on with.

‘We have a few niggles, aches and sprains. Adam`s walking like the tin man and needed a few extra recovery days. Josh is out which is a big blow for us, Ryan Williams is still out but Marley Watkins and Michael Smith are back and we`re not in bad nick, to be fair. At this moment in time we`ll stick with what we have and won`t move to replace Josh, we have players out of contract we can look at and the young players doing well underneath that. Brad Abbott in particular is doing well. He may be ready for his chance because he`s been performing well in training but I think we still need to strengthen in some areas but have to be wise in what we do.’

He went on to add that it’s about the ‘balance and equilibrium’ in the dressing room so he doesn’t want to add bodies for the sake of it, it’s about getting the ‘right blend’.

‘We`ve brought in Adam Hammill for that experience but more than anything, I think it has to be someone vocal on the pitch and in the dressing room.’

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