John­son look­ing to young play­ers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

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.”



S Peterbo


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