Date: 11th November 2015 at 1:11pm
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Barnsley returned to winning ways last night in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against York.

Securing a place in the Area Semi Final of this year’s competition with the two one victory, goals from Ben Pearson and a late Adam Hammill strike lifted everyone’s spirits.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference a clearly delighted gaffer explained.

‘It feels like pure relief. I`m chuffed for the players, a lot of stick has been flying around and rightly so. To go 1-0 down completely against the run of play from a worldie was a devastating blow, but we were playing well. To come back and put in that performance – I`m delighted.’

With such pleasure in the performance from the gaffer he went on to say that even having taken the lead late on he felt we were the more likely to add another, so he’s obviously looking for that to transmit into our league form again now with the confidence this win will give the side.

‘I was confident in my back four. I brought some energy on up-front which stopped them going forward as much. Adam Hammill was on his last legs but boy was he fantastic today. For somebody who hasn`t had a pre-season he was amazing. He`s learnt his lesson in football and he now wants to be a role model to the younger players. He took that on today. I couldn`t take him off as he was always liable to stick one in the top corner and he did, even though he`d lost his legs after 50 minutes or so.’

With a couple of players returning, Johnson also gave an update on the injury front at the club.

‘Lloyd Isgrove was excellent. Conor Hourihane is nursing an injury but he was nice controlled and neat. Ivan Toney was a real threat first half, he faded a little bit second half but you expect that. Sam Winnall came on and was fresh. We`ve now got Michael Smith back, Marley Watkins back and Conor Wilkinson back as well as Ryan Williams at some point too. Unfortunately we`ve lost Josh Scowen for ten to 12 weeks, so that will be a big loss for us as he`s a big player for us.’

With the next JPT test an Semi Final, Johnson was adamant that he wants a trip to Wembley this year but of course we need to address our League One form as well.

‘I`d love to deliver and lead this team out in front of 40,000 Barnsley fans at Wembley. The dream is still alive and the boys have mentioned it as well, when it`s coming from them I like it. We all needed that win and we got it. Well done to everyone. Apologies for the poor run but we`ve got enough if we stick together. We`ll pull out of trouble and rise up the league, the fans were also really good tonight, and Adam Hammill was a catalyst in that as the fans were excited to see him.’

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