Date: 12th October 2015 at 4:35pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has once again previewed the second round Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against Bradford City at Valley Parade.

With the original tie on Tuesday October 6 postponed by the referee owing to torrid rain just prior to kick off, Barnsley already know that if we can get past Bradford we have a home tie as ball No 2 against York City at the Area Quarter Finals stage to look forward to, and as much as that might be motivation, our opponents will now doubt be thinking the same thing as they also know what’s in front of them in order to take another step closer to Wembley.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game tomorrow evening, Johnson was adamant that the team would bounce back following a weekend defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

He also confirmed that Simeon Jackson, Dan Crowley and Conor Wilkinson remained missing on international duty, whilst Ryan Williams is still sidelined with injury.

‘We do really feel that we`re set up to go on a run. We can see we`re doing a lot right, but we`re also doing little bits wrong, it`s fine margins. If we were getting results everybody would accept this is our style of play, but we aren`t, we`re in a transitional phase. I think there are times when we need to get the ball in the box quickly and get numbers there.’

Johnson went on to say that obviously fans are the ‘most important’ people at any club and Barnsley is no different and he can ‘sense’ their frustration and he shares it, but he’s confident that soon enough results will consistently go our way and everybody will be a lot more confident.

‘The fans are the most important people at the football club and I sense they are frustrated. I`m here to make them happy so we will work very hard on the bits they want to see. If we had won against Crewe myself and the players would have come away heroes at the passing and moving we did.’

With another quick opportunity to get back to winning ways in the Football League Trophy in midweek at the Coral Windows Stadium, Johnson reassured fans that he would be taking the competition seriously and the squad he picked would be a squad he believes can book our place officially against York.

‘We want to win every game. As the rounds go on, people`s opinions change. Wembley is a fantastic day out, I`ve been fortunate enough to play there and this is a realistic chance for a club like us to get there. The players know that, they want to go out there and get through. We know who we will play if we beat Bradford, it`s good to get a home match if we get through but we need to focus on Bradford. We have to put right some wrongs from the weekend.’

Sam Winnall was also interviewed ahead of the Yorkshire derby and he echoed the thoughts of the gaffer in terms of feeling we were close to clicking properly and getting the results we wanted.

He also echoed the desire to bounce back from the last game.

‘We need to be more clinical. I watched the game back and Crewe entered our final third on four occasions in the second half. We spent pretty much the whole game in theirs and didn`t get any points, sometimes that can happen in football. I have faith we will turn this mini-blip around and get the results again. We have got an ambitious group and we take pride in wearing the Barnsley shirt. When we don`t win in front of the fans it hurts. It ruined my weekend and it`s something we need to sort out.’

Winnall also went on to say that players were perfectly aware of the thoughts of fans, saying that in his humble any player who says they don’t read tweets is ‘lying’.

But again he understood the frustration.

‘I`ve read some of the tweets that get sent to me. Fan interaction is important and you want them on your side. When you don`t get wins you hear some bad things but I`ve been lucky as the fans have always been good to me at Barnsley.’

For Bradford more specifically he went on to add.

‘It`s a real opportunity. On our day we can beat anyone in this competition. I`ve never gone far in it and I want to get to Wembley. It would be a great day out for the club and we have to treat it seriously. We played Bradford here and it was 0-0. It was a difficult game as they are a physical side that look to be direct, so it will be up to us to match their physical challenge. We rarely get dominated in games so it`s about us putting our game onto them.’

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