Lee Johnson spoke to the press ahead of tomorrow night’s re-arranged fixture against Bradford City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
After the defeat to Crewe at the weekend, Johnson went through the definite absentees from the squad for the Bradford game. The Head Coach confirmed that Simeon Jackson, Dan Crowley and Conor Wilkinson were all still away on international duty, whilst Ryan Williams is still out injured.
After the disappointment of the weekend Johnson was determined to keep the group focused and believing in their ability.
“We do really feel that we’re set up to go on a run,” said Johnson. “We can see we’re doing a lot right, but we’re also doing little bits wrong, it’s fine margins.
“If we were getting results everybody would accept this is our style of play, but we aren’t, we’re in a transitional phase. I think there are times when we need to get the ball in the box quickly and get numbers there.
“The fans are the most important people at the football club and I sense they are frustrated. I’m here to make them happy so we will work very hard on the bits they want to see. If we had won against Crewe myself and the players would have come away heroes at the passing and moving we did.”
The Reds have an opportunity to get back to winning ways quickly as they travel to the Coral Windows Stadium tomorrow night, and Johnson wants to reassure the fans that his squad will be taking the JPT as seriously as any other game.
“We want to win every game,” Johnson explained. “As the rounds go on, people’s opinions change. Wembley is a fantastic day out, I’ve been fortunate enough to play there and this is a realistic chance for a club like us to get there. The players know that, they want to go out there and get through.
“We know who we will play (York City) if we beat Bradford, it’s good to get a home match if we get through but we need to focus on Bradford. We have to put right some wrongs from the weekend.”