Blackpool v Barnsley: Reds chief Johnson faces selection posers

Barnsley manager Lee Johnson

Barnsley manager Lee Johnson

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BARNSLEY chief Lee Johnson faces a selection dilemma today over whether to change a winning team.

The Reds put in their best display of the season last week, to thrash Swindon Town 4-1 at Oakwell.

Former FC Halifax Town defender Marc Roberts was given a rest after featuring in eight games since his summer move to South Yorkshire.

Fellow summer signing, loan striker Michael Smith, was ineligible to play against his parent club Swindon.

But both are available today for the trip to Bloomfield Road and Johnson admits to having serious selection issues.

“I’ve got (tough) decisions to make on what side I pick,” said Johnson.

“They’re (Blackpool) not a bad side. They’re lively.

“They’re strong and solid, it’s going to be a really tough game for us. It’s the type of game we’ll lose if we’re not at it.

“We’ve got to be really focused on going to get three points. If we’re not, then we’re not any good. But if we are then we’re very good.

“I am not an expert on Blackpool and their situation, all I know is they have a decent team and we have got to make sure we impose our qualities on them.”

Winger Ryan Williams could also be pushing for a start having limped off after only 29 minutes of the win over the Robins due to his troublesome groin injury.

Reds midfielder Ben Pearson is wary of Blackpool’s threat, despite the hosts sitting second from bottom, having collected four points from their opening seven games.

“Blackpool have got to pick up points eventually from somewhere and I’m sure they will be looking to beat us at home,” he said.

“This season, I’m sure they’ll be looking to push on.”

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