Johnson dreams of Wembley and more League 1 progress for Barnsley

Barnsley Manager Lee Johnson. 'Picture: Dean Atkins
Barnsley Manager Lee Johnson. 'Picture: Dean Atkins

A trip to Wembley and some silverware are amongst Lee Johnson’s New Year’s resolutions.

The Barnsley boss believes his side have turned a corner after a difficult first half of the season, and is targeting league and cup success in 2016.

The Reds are just 180 minutes away from a dream day out at the home of football in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

And they have picked up 10 points in their last six games to lift themselves out of the League One drop zone heading into the New Year.

“We’ve got our eyes on the prize and I’m fully tuned in not only to the league but the JPT that’s coming up,” said Johnson.

“We’re not out of the woods yet but we’ve got a real potential to get some silverware this year.

“I think that’s a huge part of our focus because as a player I was lucky enough to win a fair amount and I want to continue that as a manager.

“It’s been an interesting year from my point of view, having gone through what I’ve gone through this year on all levels.

“There’s another couple of managers gone in the last few days and I’m grateful to still be learning and trying to do my very best for the club.”

The Reds host Millwall tomorrow before Fleetwood Town come to Oakwell for the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area final the following Saturday.

And whilst Johnson and his staff will be busy on the field, they are likely to be equally busy off it as the transfer window opens tomorrow.

“There’s meetings and conversations going on daily and we’ll all pitch in and try and bring in the best players possible,” added Johnson.

“We are chasing time a little bit mainly due to the JPT game so I’d expect there to be a little bit of movement within the first week to 10 days of January.

“It’s just a case of bringing the right characters in and the right qualities that can move us on.

“Sometimes I think truly good players make other players better as well.

“If we can just get one or two more of them then we’ll be flying because in this division I think it makes a big difference.”