Barnsley v Walsall: We’re still competing on all fronts – Johnson

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LEE JOHNSON is confident that his Barnsley side will stand up and be counted after the worst losing league streak of his time as manager at Oakwell.

The Reds, missing key man Conor Hourihane, play host to Walsall and ,despite a trio of successive defeats in League One, Johnson says that fans have no need to feel unduly worried.

The Reds have lost out by single-goal margins against Doncaster, Crewe and Southend, outcomes which Johnson steadfastly believes could have been wholly different on another day.

Johnson said: “We need players to stand up and be counted, whether they are 18 and on loan or 27 and have been here for two or three years. And they will. I have lost no faith in them.

“There has been a couple of games this year when we have been unfortunate and a couple in which the timing has been unfortunate.

“If you have that experienced group who are used to winning, they find a way to get some points and stick in there.

“Sometimes when you have lost three on the spin, people can say, ‘Where are we going to get another win from?’

“But we have won a fair few games this season, although half of them have been in the cup. That is probably something people forget.

“But we are still competing on all fronts and Walsall is a good game as they are a good side and will come out and play.”

Last six games: Barnsley DWLLWL; Walsall LDWDWL.

Referee: S Duncan (Northumberland).

Last time: Barnsley 3 Walsall 0; March 7, 2015; League One.