LJ PRE BURTON



Following on from the takeover on Thursday and the departure of CEO, Jim Rodwell, on Friday, KLD is looking to bring in a new ‘lead data scientist’ and ‘head of analysis and data’ in addition to the new roles of sporting director and chief operating officer, already taken by Kristjaan Speakman and Steve Davison respectively.


But for now, we focus on matters on the pitch as we travel to Burton. Lee Johnson met the press ahead of the game...


TOUGH TEST

"I think it's a really tough fixture and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has really got them going. They've players there that I know well from having looked at them at previous clubs, but also Jonny Smith who they signed from Bristol City. I like them and think they're a good side. I think the league table in the short run is a bit false."


EVERY POINT IS CRUCIAL

"It doesn't stop any one game being less important. There's 57 points to play for and in everyone of those we've got to give our all to maximise and achieve. I think the challenge for me currently is this flexibility of the squad in what we can and can't do. To be able to go and get our best players on the pitch for that particular game."


A SELECTION DILEMA AND INJURY UPDATE

"The team selection is difficult, I don't think people appreciate how tough it is to select a team to play, especially at the minute when we don't have players playing in their natural positions. Up front and forward areas we're blessed, we have an embarrassment of riches up there, it's just at the back, we've got five centre halves out injured so we might have a look and adapt our philosophy from a counter pressuring side to a ball playing side. Luke (O'Nien) gave us that attacking threat too against Lincoln and of course Conor McLaughlin is still nursing an injury, Dion (Sanderson) can come back in now, we really need him and I'd say Bailey Wright is 50/50 to play."


THE SIGN OF A GOOD SQUAD

"The commitment of the lads to buy into the system and the way of of the difficult situation is the sign of a good squad, a that wants their friends and mates to do well, not just themselves, not one player grumbled. Luke O'Nien bless him has had to play in about 17 different position this season bless him! He just gets on with it and just enjoys it, he plays with his heart on his sleeve and puts his all into every performance."