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Barnsley’s Lee Johnson delighted with victory on return to former employers Oldham Athletic

16 March 2015

Barnsley manager Lee Johnson was delighted to secure a 3-1 win at Oldham Athletic as he made a victorious return to his former club.

Johnson left the Latics less than a month ago to take over at their Sky Bet League 1 rivals and the 33-year-old has guided his new team into the Play-Off places.

Lewin Nyatanga netted twice and top scorer Conor Hourihane was also on target as Barnsley picked up their sixth consecutive win.

Johnson admitted: "It was tough coming back, to be honest.

"Winning is what it's all about and this is a fantastic result, but it was very raw and I just tried to be as professional as I could.

"The reception was mixed, if I'm being generous, but I understand and I don't hold that against anyone.

"I had two fantastic years here at Oldham and people don't know the full story about me leaving, but for me it's a new club and a new beginning.

"The game was passionate and charged and I was pleased with the first 20 minutes because the lads played the atmosphere very well.

"It wasn't a great game in terms of quality, but we were professional, we scored from set-pieces and we got the job done.

"We caught Oldham at a good time because they are short of numbers, but we had some excellent performances.

"Conor Hourihane played with fire in his belly and ice in his head. He was the catalyst for our decent moves."

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