Colchester continue race to the bottom as Barnsley move up a step

13 December 2015 10:00
Lee Johnson saw green shoots of recovery as his side hung on but Wayne Brown made a play for the poisoned chalice with a tactical switch that deserved a point“Some days it’s hard being a manager.” So said Barnsley’s Lee Johnson and they were the winners at Colchester United. Wayne Brown, in his second game as the home team’s caretaker, may as well learn from the start – and clearly is. “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb after that first half,” he said, slipping into managerial lingo. Barnsley led 2-0 at half-time, 3-0 by the hour and ended up hanging on at 3-2 from the 70th minute. The victory lifted them off the bottom of League One and a point and place above Colchester.These are two of the youngest sides in the Football League and Johnson, at 34, one of the youngest managers. Son of Gary, now at Cheltenham but celebrated at Yeovil, he left Oldham, where he had begun at 31, in ninth last February for what he saw as a step up at Barnsley in 16th. They ended 11th but a run of eight defeats from early October made it look a step down. Subsequently beating Oldham and reaching the Football League Trophy northern final entitled Johnson to talk last week of “growing confidence”. Colchester, in a run of five defeats, may have added to it. Related: Said & Done: Captain Fiasco; Luis Suárez; and the Dalai Lama Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian