Date: 27th January 2016 at 9:53am
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Following on from the weekend’s six one victory over Rochdale, Barnsley bettered that in the Yorkshire derby last night against Bradford City.

Going into the game with four successive wins under our belt, another Marley Watkins goal after only two minutes in the game gave the side a fifth successive victory in League One, and rightly Johnson couldn’t have been more proud with the current run and the efforts of the team.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a bouyant gaffer explained that whilst the performance wasn’t as bright as Saturday’s win, it was a gritty performance that showed the spirit and determination we needed to get the result, that was pleasing for different reasons.

‘If I’m honest I thought we were average in possession. We defended like trojans because we had to, coming to Bradford. I thought we had some really good chances even though we had minimal possession for us – because we normally have a lot more possession – on the counter-attack we still got four or five chances. In fairness to them, they hustled us, they hurried us and put a lot of balls into our box and had a couple of chances themselves, but mainly down to our mistakes. Sometimes it can be a good thing that you get in that defensive mindset because you’re switched on to runners and everybody is doubling up for each other and that was one of our strengths tonight. Our fans roared us on. We showed a really good spirit to come to a tough place and get a result.’

With Watkins’ early strike on the wet and windy evening being enough to win the game, Johnson went on to say he felt getting our noses in front at that stage had helped everybody settle given the nature of the game.

‘I think that settled the group because it’s a young-pup group and we’ve had a couple of injuries that have killed us a bit. I thought George Williams coming in playing his wrong position was outstanding because Marshall’s a tricky player. I thought James Bree became a man tonight, in my opinion. The other lads worked their socks off even though they didn’t play great.’

With Adam Hammill missing, Johnson confirmed he would be out for about a month, Alfie Mawson also went off early doors as well and it’s a case of fingers crossed for him.

‘Alfie’s felt something go in his groin so it could just be that his stretched it but it’s probably a slight strain. He’s a huge player for us. It’s like Real Madrid losing Ronaldo! That’s how key he is to us. But the lads did well today and we’ve got another win. It was probably more heart than quality but that’s nice to see because earlier on in the season we might have capitulated and got done-in three or four-two.’

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