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Lee Johnson pleased with Barnsley graft in win at Gillingham

2 March 2015

Lee Johnson admitted he could not have asked for much more after he got off to a winning start as Barnsley manager with a 1-0 victory at Gillingham.

Stoke City loanee George Waring tapped home from close range shortly after half-time to seal the Tykes' third successive league win in Johnson's first game in charge.

It moves the Oakwell outfit up to 12th in the Sky Bet League 1 table and also inflicted a first defeat on Justin Edinburgh in his fourth game since leaving Newport County to take over at the Priestfield Stadium.

Johnson was left toasting a job well done, saying:  "I'm delighted. It's a victory, a 1-0 win away from home and a clean sheet. It's the perfect result.

"I thought the boys were fantastic, spirited, and of course it was difficult because it was blowing a gale and we were against a side that were really in form and we had to come here and do a job.

"I thought the midfield five worked their socks off, and I thought big George up top worked very hard and got his reward with the goal

"We needed to play like that. It was important because they do have a lot of talented players who like to have an easy game, a good comfortable game.

"So we had a lot of rats in there stealing the ball and breaking it up. And we had three or four really good opportunities on the break and we should have capitalised on them a bit better.

"It was a real spirited performance from the boys, and the last couple of games they've shown that and they did so again."

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