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Johnson in dreamland at Oakwell

Lee Johnson enjoyed a victorious home debut as his Barnsley side ran out 1-0 winners against Coventry.

George Waring was the hero for the second game in a row as he headed in the game's only goal in the 57th minute to see off a struggling Coventry side watched by new manager Tony Mowbray, who was sat in the directors' box after agreeing a deal earlier in the day to become the Sky Blues' new chief.

Waring grabbed the winner in Johnson's first match in charge on Saturday and the new boss basked in the latest win which moved the Tykes within two points of the play-off places.

He said: "It's dreamland! That's two wins from two for me and I couldn't have wished for a better start.

"It was tough out there. In the first-half we played alright without having too much quality.

"We deserved the win, although there were a couple of nervy moments at the end.

"We can't do much more than the lads have done over the last four or five games and we now have to kick on."

Johnson paid tribute to Waring, adding: "He sometimes just ambles into the box rather than going in dynamically, so we've tried to address that. He has impressed me.

"He is a big lad, and there is a lot going on. He's brave and will get stuck in there and take one for the team."

Sky Blues caretaker-boss Neil MacFarlane was not happy that his side conceded the winner from a free-kick.

He said: "We talked all week about set pieces as they are the number one set-piece side in the division. We gave away a silly free-kick and didn't pick up the man when it came in.

"In the first half against the wind we did okay, we created quite a few chances and gave them very little, but we didn't cause them enough problems after the break and gave away a poor goal."

MacFarlane also thought the Sky Blues should have had a penalty late on when sub Frank Nouble went down in the box.

"I have watched it again on the DVD and we thought it was a clear penalty and should have been given. He did well when he came on and injected some life into the side."

MacFarlane hands the reins over to Mowbray on Wednesday and revealed the former Middlesbrough manager popped into the dressing-room at the break to air his views.

"Tony came in at half-time and made some good points, but he starts in earnest tomorrow," he said.

Headlines for Barnsley this week

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  • Johnson in dreamland at Oakwell

  • Lee Johnson enjoyed a victorious home debut as his Barnsley side ran out 1-0 winners against Coventry.

  • Waring with the winner again

  • George Waring was Barnsley's hero for the second game in a row as they claimed a 1-0 win over struggling Coventry.

  • Barnsley v Coventry preview

  • Team news for Tuesday's League One clash between Barnsley and Coventry City at Oakwell.

  • Joy for Johnson in opener

  • Lee Johnson enjoyed a winning start as Barnsley boss as George Waring's second-half strike was enough for a 1-0 win over Gillingham.

  • Johnson pleased with graft

  • Lee Johnson admitted he could not have asked for much more after starting his reign as Barnsley boss with a 1-0 win over Gillingham.

  • Gillingham v Barnsley preview

  • Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Gillingham and Barnsley at Priestfield Stadium.

  • Lee Johnson appointed as new Barnsley head coach

  • Barnsley have appointed Lee Johnson as their new head coach.

  • Burton proud of his players

  • Mark Burton strengthened his hopes of becoming Barnsley's next full-time manager after seeing his side beat Scunthorpe 1-0.

  • Scowen snatches Barnsley win

  • Josh Scowen struck the only goal of the game as 10-man Barnsley battled for a 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe.

  • Barnsley claim welcome win

  • Managerless Barnsley claimed all three points as they beat Crewe 2-0 after goals from Lewin Nyatanga and Paul Rachubka's own goal.

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