Date: 31st December 2015 at 2:16pm
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Christmas didn’t start too well for Barnsley as the Boxing Day game was postponed but a couple of days later the Reds did face Blackpool and ended the year positively with a win!

A win was a good way to end, as I say, 2015 but this first win since September at Oakwell meant this four-two win was also enough to take the club out of the bottom four heading in the New Year.

This was a win Lee Johnson told the Official Website was not only a ‘great win’ but also ‘a much needed one’ with him saying Barnsley looked a constant threat and if more goals had been scored he wouldn’t have been surprised.

‘It’s a great win for us and a much needed one. I thought we looked dangerous, Lloyd Isgrove was superb, Marley and Sam were a nuisance and Adam Hammill has always got that spark of brilliance in him. I thought we were really solid in the first half but we don’t see the games out in the right way. We had Conor Hourihane overlapping in the final 20 minutes.

‘I know he wanted a goal and to give the fans something but you think just sit in there, keep it tight, but that’s just game management. But I have to Say overall we thoroughly deserved it and had we have won 9-3 it would have been a fair result but overall, I’m delighted with the three points because that was the objective and we got the result we needed.’

Johnson went on to say he was especially happy to see the goals coming from open play, with most of those scored recently (the few that have come) coming from set plays with him also hopeful this win can start a run of win to mirror the run on the losing run.

Not only was the win a positive way to end the disappointing home form another positive was the performance of Matty Templeton who was given his chance having impressed in the U21 side.

The Head Coach finished by saying.

‘He’s done really well. He’s a great kid and he deserves his chance because he has been excellent in the Under-21s. He has been unlucky not to get in the squad in recent weeks and he’s got a great left foot and is very dynamic.

‘He might not be the brightest cat on the street at the moment but on the pitch, he has got those attributes and I just felt we might need to freshen it up. When they scored I questioned what I’d done but I was able to turn around and say what a good substitution that was.’

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