Barnsley: Lee Johnson wants Reds to finish with flourish

Reds boss Lee Johnson
Reds boss Lee Johnson
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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson wants to go out on a high in the club’s final outing of the season on Sunday.

The Reds welcome former manager Keith Hill back to Oakwell, as he brings a Rochdale side that narrowly missed out on a play-off place.

Johnson’s men are without a win in nine matches, but the former Oldham manager wants to make sure his side end the season on a positive note.

“We’ve not had too much to celebrate this year apart from a little run where we flirted with the play-offs,” he said. “I want to see the spirit that I know this club has got to support the young players and everything that’s good about the place.

“It’s a game where we can afford to experiment but we do want to win the game.

“We want to go out on a high.

“There’s a positive vibe, we haven’t had great results in the last four or five games but there have been circumstances to that and we know it will improve.”

Johnson is keen to use this time to assess his squad ahead of an expected summer reshuffle.

But his options are limited in attacking positions, with Dale Jennings, George Waring, Jabo Ibehre and Sam Winnall all set to miss out through injury.

“I want to see a couple of people take their chances with the potential of being firm and set in my squad next year,” he said.

“We are restricted by a couple of knocks and injuries – at the moment we haven’t got any strikers so we’ll maybe come up with a new formation as well.

“We are a bit light in that area but we’ll soldier on.”