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Johnson on Rochdale

28 August 2015

Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Rochdale, Head Coach Lee Johnson spoke to the media about the tough test facing his side this weekend.

After taking Everton to extra time on Wednesday, Johnson knows his side will be feeling the strain but expects another attacking performance against the Dale.

 “There will be an element of fatigue but it was an extraordinary game, end-to-end and very physical. Generally Everton’s players are quicker in their feet, acceleration and deceleration and that becomes difficult to deal with.

“They had to put a lot more strain on their body and when you put an extra load on your body, it takes longer to recover.  “We’ve tried to give everybody the opportunity to be able to recover before the game on Saturday.”

Despite the midweek defeat, morale in the dressing room is high with another strong performance likely when Saturday comes.

Lee said: “The spirit, and attitude was there. We haven’t quite shown in at home but when we play with energy, we know how good we can be. We’ll be ready and when we play our game, we’re good.”

In terms of injuries, Johnson does not have too many concerns for the trip to Spotland but may rotate the side with Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Scunthorpe on the horizon.

“Will I make changes? That’s the million dollar question, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t,” he added.

“If we make changes and lose I shouldn’t have made changes, if I don’t make them and we lose I should have made the changes.

“There are no injuries or knocks of serious concern. James Bree is 50/50 with a swollen ankle after rolling it in training but everybody else is fine.

“Ryan Williams still out but we knew that anyway and apart from that we have a full strength side but he have players chomping at the bit.”

On the transfer front, Johnson hinted there may be some activity before the window shuts but nothing is guaranteed for Tykes fans.

“Nothing has happened this week but we’re hopeful of something happening soon, but it’s not definite, we’ll just have to wait and see.

“I’ll be telling people whether to go and get a hot chocolate and watch Sky Sports on deadline day. I don’t expect any players to go anywhere but the window can get crazy.” 

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