Date: 2nd October 2015 at 8:18pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said he’s looking for a hero ahead of the South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster tomorrow, and Reece Wabara has spoken about facing his former club.

Beginning with Johnson, he told the Official Site in his pre game press conference that these are the games that make a hero out of players.

‘We`re in good shape. Michael Smith, Conor Wilkinson and Marc Roberts all played 90 minutes during the week in the U21`s and came through fine. Ryan Williams is doing well. We`ve had physio reports and they are pleased with his progress, so it is just a case of trusting the physios and allowing them to do their job. He`s been working hard and when he comes back it will be like a new signing.’

As for the game itself, Johnson went on to say that having scouted them himself during the week he was left suitably impressed by them so he knows it’s going to be a tough and tasty battle, but it’s one he backs the side to come through.

‘They were very good on Tuesday, but low in confidence because of their league position. They`ve got a lot of experienced players at this level and they are a real danger, we will have to be at our best. We are taking a lot of fans there. Our away support has been fantastic so far and the boys are really looking forward to seeing it again. I`ve been told we haven`t won there in quite a while so there is a marker for the players to turn that around and someone can become a hero for the weekend.’

With Barnsley unbeaten in three now, the gaffer wants to make that three wins and a draw this weekend to keep us on the right path, and he couldn’t have been more pleased with how the side are really knuckling down now and listening to what he wants from them.

‘Seven points is a good return and a new game is a new opportunity,’ he added. ‘We`ve got an opportunity to move up the league and the young players have a chance to showcase themselves. Fair play to the players who have taken on what I told them. They`ve committed themselves to the cause, they are communicating well and asking me questions. The lads understand what we are trying to do and taking the constructive criticism in the manner it`s meant, then going and working on it.’

With two derbies in three days though, Johnson knows this will be a tough spell for us.

‘We all want to be part of the big games and provide wins. The losing run at Doncaster will be turned to our advantage and it will be mentioned in my team talk for sure. Let`s hope someone can become a hero and send everyone home happy!’

As for Wabara, he spent a spell on loan with Doncaster back in the early part of the 2013-14 season and then completed a permanent move to them at the start of the season following that.

In total he made 65 appearances for them across both spells, and he arrived with us as a free agent following release by them.

‘Doncaster haven`t been in the best of form and it is our job to capitalise on that. It`s a bit of a transitional period for them and I know a lot of the players very well, but I`m a Barnsley player now and I want to win.’

Having only been with us for a short time so far, Wabara went on to say that he felt he had settled in well, and playing regularly was obviously a delight for him as it’s what any player wants.

‘I`ve loved every second at the club so far. Now it`s just a case of me trying to keep improving and bettering myself and I feel I`m doing that every week. There`s a good team vibe and a good togetherness. If we can continue that and put together some good results it will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.’

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