Barnsley: Reds boss Lee Johnson ponders changes

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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson has revealed he could shuffle his pack for tomorrow’s long trip to Southend United.

The Reds secured a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy quarter-final berth with a welcome 2-1 win over Bradford City on Tuesday night.

Conor Hourihane

Conor Hourihane

But a long trip to Roots Hall awaits Johnson and his side as they looked to end a run of successive League One defeats.

The Shrimpers started the season poorly failing to win in their opening six games, but are a team in form.

They have lost just one of their last six matches and not conceded in their previous two outings.

“They’ve really turned things around,” reflected Johnson. “They didn’t start great and didn’t win in their first six games, but since then they’ve won quite a few and done well.

“We know we’re going there to play a team in form, but we feel we’re in form even though our league form wouldn’t suggest that.

“Individually we feel as if we’re going there with every chance.

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“It’s a long journey for us, but it gives us the opportunity to mix up our squad a little bit and see who can do what.

Simeon Jackson, Dan Crowley and Conor Wilkinson are all available this weekend having returned from international duty, but winger Ryan Williams is still nursing his way back to fitness from his troublesome groin injury.

Influential midfielder Conor Hourihane was due to have a precautionary scan yesterday to determine whether he will play after a fall in the win over the Bantams.

“It was a really awkward fall for Conor, but he continued in the game and felt it so we took him off for a precaution,”said Johnson.

“I’m quite optimistic he’ll play because he’s quite a robust character.”

Johnson hinted he could make changes to freshen up his starting soide.

“I’m still considering changes even though we won on Tuesday,” he said. “We’ve had two poor league results followed by a very good cup win.”