Date: 5th October 2015 at 4:37pm
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Barnsley have had some top performers this season, so far, and among them has to be Alfie Mawson with him looking back at the weekend disappointment against Barnsley as well as the bigger picture.

The captain, talking on the Official Website, also previews the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy meeting with another Yorkshire rivals Bradford on Tuesday.

Defeat on Saturday, no more so or less because of who it was against, was disappointing for Mawson but he knows the young Barnsley squad has to grow up quickly and doesn’t want heads dropping.

‘It’s a transition between boys to men.

‘We’re getting there, I’m still young myself but we are all maturing as a side. We’ve all got a good relationship on and off the pitch and everyone has respect for each other.’

Promotion this season is the ultimate aim, however it’s achieved.

It wasn’t something, despite the poor start to the season, that ended up being too far away for Barnsley last season with him adding he’s convinced that a top six target, and a place in the play-offs at least, is more than achievable for the Reds.

‘The top six is definitely a realistic target.

‘This year the league is wide open and the top six is forever changing. I think that will happen all season so it is there for the taking, we have to be positive.’

In spite of the defeat on Saturday we remain only three-points off the play-off places, we would have sooner been in them but to be there or thereabouts at the moment is more than accept isn’t it.

Focus turns to the JPT tomorrow with Mawson insisting that preparation, and the desire to win, is no different for this game with Bradford than any other.

‘It’s no different. I don’t look at any game differently, even if it’s a training game. I want to go out there to get better and to win, I want to beat them. It could be a day out at Wembley and that’s what football is about, the days you can talk about when your career is finished.

‘It’s something we can lift and I`m going to do all I can to get my hands on it, as will the boys.’

This is a game Lee Johnson knows he’ll have to do without at least three players for following international call ups.

Dan Crowley is off with England at U19 level; Simeon Jackson playing for Canada and Conor Wilkinson will be with Ireland at U21 too, they’ll also miss Crewe on Saturday.

Johnson, also speaking to the Official Website on this issue, looks at it as a ‘chance for others.’

‘It maybe gives an opportunity for one of our young players to come in.

‘Either that’s off the bench or a start, to see how they do. We need to refresh and be able to rest people.’

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