Date: 4th January 2016 at 12:13pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his thoughts following the two one win over Millwall at Oakwell at the weekend.

Speaking to the Official Site having seen Barnsley twice take the lead in the game, Johnson was full of praise for how difficult the visitors made it for us on the day, but that just made him prouder of how the team stayed strong and disciplined to see the game out with a first victory in 2016 – and back to back home wins.

‘We knew a Millwall side is going to throw the kitchen sink at you and the longer the game went on, the harder it was to stop the long balls and they were always going to be dangerous. We stood up to it and may have cleared a couple off the line but had we have been given a penalty, I think we could have been out of sight before that. You`re never going to get an easy game against a Millwall side, tradition will tell you that, but credit to the lads because they`ve come out and stood really strong.’

With highs, lows and change at Oakwell as Johnson searched for that spark to get form back on an even keel, he went on to say that with the improvements he’s seen of late he feels that corner has been turned and that the group of players are once again going into matches expecting to win them.

‘Our performances have turned generally and adding the players we needed has really helped us, Adam`s assisted and scored a great goal as well. We have to keep driving forward. We`ve had to constantly evolve the group which has taken time but I feel now we`re going into games with a decent chance of winning, which at times this season hasn`t always been the case.’

One downside from the game was the injury picked up by Marley Watkins, and with one eye now on the weekend’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against Fleetwood Town as Barnsley look to go one step closer to Wembley this year, Johnson assured fans he would be doing all he could to get the player fighting fit for the match.

‘Marley has rocked his ankle and we`ll have to assess him. It`s a massive loss for us if he`s out but we`ll send him to Lourdes or somewhere to get him fit for Saturday. We`re going to have to rebuild ourselves now because we`ve got a couple of injuries, some will be going back to their parent clubs and this week will be a huge week.’

One of those going back to their parent club is Manchester United youngster Ben Pearson whose loan spell with us expired following the Millwall game.

‘I love him to bits and think he`s a fantastic player and I`ve thoroughly enjoyed our part as staff as trying to develop him technically and mentally as a player. He`s maturing all the time and the last two performances have really shown that. Technically he`s fantastic and his range of passing has improved. Ben`s a great kid and all I can do is thank him for the effort he`s put in and hopefully one day, when he`s writing his book his book after a great career he`ll mention us all.’

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