Date: 23rd March 2015 at 3:18pm
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Manager Lee Johnson saw Barnsley drop out of a play off places following the one all draw with Preston at the weekend, and challenged the team to get themselves quickly back into the mix.

Johnson’s Audio Reaction
Preston Highlights
Preston Match Report
Preston Match Stats

Speaking to the Official Site following the game Johnson had to admit our hosts edged the first period and had some good chances that they didn’t make the most of, and that allowed us to have the best of the second period, so on reflection he felt a point a piece was probably a fair result given either side could’ve built up an advantage during their time on top.

‘I thought the first half they edged and they had a couple of very good chances. We had a couple of very good chances as well, got into some quite good areas but didn’t quite produce. Second half I thought we were the better side, I thought we had a lot of territory, a lot of possession and we had them on the rack. Of course I am disappointed not to get a win but when you are 1-0 down at half time to good side like Preston, you’re happy with a point.’

With the aforementioned drop out of the play off positions following the draw, the gaffer admitted that was far from ideal but you have to look at the game in isolation.

We are only one place and one point behind Peterborough but we have just played Preston who have a game advantage over Swindon in second place given applicable goal difference and points, so taking something from the game is a good result, but it’ll become a better result if we make the most of he coming games – especially as we’ll need to given those sides who have a game or two advantage over us.

‘It is not ideal but you’ve got to stick in there, don’t forget where we have come from. I think if you are falling from second and third place and that happens then it is a disaster but there’s going to be a sort of spiral effect hopefully and there is going to be shuffling of positions. The pack will be shuffled, it is not ideal but the fact is we are still in with a shout and if we stay tight and together as a group I think we will continue to pick up points, that has to be the plan.’

Going back to the game itself though, Johnson thought it was a good spectacle for the quality of the League, given the conditions as he knows it wasn’t a silky affair but it was committed with plenty of desire.

With Jabo Ibehre getting the leveller for us, the gaffer was pleased with his contribution and the delivery from Mason Holgate.

‘Good little move, cut back and Mason Holgate put in a little ‘come and head me in ball’ as I call them and Jabo has delivered with a good finish. I am pleased for him because he is a player who needs goals and he will be very happy with that one for sure.’

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