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Lee Johnson on Bradford City

20 August 2015

With Barnsley chasing their third straight League win of the new season, the media caught up with Head Coach Lee Johnson ahead of their clash with Bradford City.

After a dramatic fightback against Millwall, Johnson says his squad are not without knocks but expects another good showing from the Reds.

“We’ve got a couple of little aches and pains, bumps and bruises so we’ll try to get them treated today,”  he said. “We were all really pleased, it was that sort of game, it was a very emotional place to visit and we got a dramatic win.

“There were some poor points so we have to make sure we keep the hammer down and continue to get better.

“I think we showed character in the last three games. To win on penalties at Scunthorpe and then to be really leggy and get a win against a really organised Burton side.

“Then to go behind, come back and then lose the lead in the dying minutes and then win it is a good sign that all the team, despite being young, don’t capitulate and they showed good character.”

Lee gave his synopsis of what to expect from the Bantams and is anticipating a stern test in the first Yorkshire derby of the season.

“I look at Bradford and see how strong and experienced they are," he continued. "We’ll have to be at our best to get a result. We have to believe in ourselves but not believe the hype that one game can create.

“I’ve been around Yorkshire long enough to know what Bradford are about and they are a good, strong side. The manager is very good and has been very consistent and they have a group of men.

“We’re hoping that can be their weakness as well with our youth and enthusiasm coming out over their savvy nature and strength.”

There are some small problems in the side including Ryan Williams, but the midfielder could return to action this weekend.

“Ryan Williams is up and down," added Johnson. "He still has a niggling groin problem. He has a couple of good days and then a bad day and he’s getting a bit upset with himself.

“We’re pushing him and then he’s feeling it a little bit and then we ease off him and he’s back so it’s a real balancing act between pushing his lungs and making sure we don’t overload what is a weak groin.

“Sometimes you need to throw him in and say it’s now or never so we’ll see. I was pleased with Reece (Wabara) considering he’s had two days training but James Bree had a slight groin niggle.”

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