Lack of patience proves costly for Reds – Johnson

Barnsley's  Sam Winnall.
Barnsley's Sam Winnall.
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LEE JOHNSON was critical of his Barnsley’s side lack of second-half patience, with the Reds paying a heavy price in stoppage-time when ex-Red Jordan Clark hit a dramatic stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 success.

The Shrews, chasing their first league win this term, took the lead in the sixth-minute when keeper Adam Davies diverted the ball into his own net following a goalmouth scramble after the hosts failed to cope with a corner from former Barnsley midfielder Liam Lawrence.

But the hosts dominated most of the rest of the half, with Sam Winnall’s clinical finish from outside the box on 38 minutes restoring parity.

Johnson’s side failed to kick on in a disappointing second period and the Shrews proceeded to take confidence and enjoyed a strong finish, crowned by Hoyland lad Clark’s late deflected winner.

Johnson said: “It feels horrible. I didn’t think we played that badly; in patches we were good. But we need to develop an identity within our play that people trust and believe.

“The one criticism I’ve got is that I think we resorted to going a little bit too long in the last 15 to twenty minutes.

“We lost that patience and started to go forward too early. We put Kadeem (Harris) and (Michael) Smith on. But it doesn’t mean we have to launch balls into them.”

“But we should have had a stonewall (second-half) penalty. I don’t know why the referee didn’t give it as he in a very good position. The defender took away Dan Crowley’s standing leg.

“If we score that, the game changes.

“But I was disappointed. Once we got the goal back, we showed the good character. But we started the second half a little bit sloppy.

“That is the difference between a good team and an average team.”