Johnson looking to young players
PLAYERS will be shown the door at Barnsley this week according to boss Lee Johnson who is already looking to his young stars to replicate their form next season.
A mistake by Jack Cowgill, one of three 18year-olds in Barnsley’s back-line, allowed Conor Washington to score his 11th goal of the season, but Luke Berry equalised late into stoppage-time after Peterborough’s Kgosi Ntlhe was sent off.
Johnson, who dropped every loan player from his side, said:“Over the next week we will be telling players whether we will be retaining their services.
“It’s better to plan early. I’m just really excited by next year as we will have the quality to supplement the players who we want to retain.
“I’m quietly confident and we are talking to the players we want to be talking to.
“Jack had his five minutes where he was all over the shop but he then recovered well mentally.
“The other lads looked after him and told him not to worry about it. He’s been doing very well in the youth set-up.”
The play-off push was already over for both sides with Barnsley having registered no wins in seven, and Peterborough just one.
Posh took the lead when Michael Bostwick lumped the ball forward and Cowgill missed his kick, allowing Washington to thump the ball in for his second goal in two matches.
Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies saved from Harry Anderson a minute later after Cowgill allowed him in on goal.
Barnsley should have equalised when the ball bounced over Posh goalkeeper Ben Alnwick after he came out to head a clearance, only for Conor Hourihane to shoot wide from an angle.
Ntlhe, who was on a yellow, received his marching orders with 15 minutes left after tripping Josh Scowen.
And the Tykes equalised as Berry headed in Hourihane’s corner.
Peterborough interim manager Dave Robertson said: “It was a big blow, a big disappointment. First-half we created good opportunities and Conor does not miss one-on-ones. “Conor is showing that his form is continuing and hopefully he can take momentum into the next two games and next season.
“I’m not sure why Kgosi’s first foul was a yellow. It was a 50-50 header and just a coming together but he needed to manage himself a little better.
“The rest of the season, as it was today, is preparation for next year.We need to work defensively and on our quality in possession. We need to develop those qualities for a promotion push and nothing short of that is good enough.”
STAR MAN RICARD