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Lee Johnson on Coventry City

2 November 2015

Lee Johnson spoke to the press this morning ahead of the midweek trip to Coventry City.

The Sky Blues currently sit in 4th position and the Head Coach knows it will be a tough challenge for his side, but a challenge they are relishing.

Johnson quickly confirmed that there were no new injuries from the loss at Scunthorpe at the weekend, but he also said that there was no good news regarding players coming off the injury list.

“There’s no new injuries, and there’s nobody back either," he said. "We go into tomorrow very much the same as we did at Scunthorpe.”

On the match itself, the Reds Head Coach gave his thoughts.

“It’s another tough game. We have to go to Coventry and cut out the mistakes. We have to dig in, we need to get a result. We’ve got to change the mentality and the mind-set now, the lads have to embrace where we are (in the league) and get out of it.”

Johnson was told that the Reds don’t have the best of records against the West Midlands side but he brushed that off and wanted to start November off with a clean slate.

“History is to look back at,” explained Johnson. “It’s a new month now and my aim has to be manager of the month. Coventry have certain areas we can exploit and we need to make sure our front boys are really up for it, as without doubt there is an opportunity there for them.

“We’re all a bit disappointed as we wanted to do well and that hasn’t happened so far, but we still have belief that we can turn this around with a couple of tweaks.”

The Reds have failed to score from open play for seven games now, and Johnson was keen to ensure that run ended quickly.

“We need the goal from open play,” Johnson demanded. “It’s become a bit of a ‘hoodoo’ now. We’ve had some great chances and 'keepers have pulled off great saves, then we’ve missed a penalty, so we’re creating which does give us hope. Maybe someone can come up with a bit of magic, or a great finish, or we get a ricochet and it goes in!

“This is my worst losing run ever. My motivation doesn’t change, I still have my eyes on the prize and I need to make sure I pick the players up. The staff have been fantastic and they’re all feeling it as well, everyone wants us to do well.”

You can listen to tomorrow night's match live on Barnsley PlayerHD.

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