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22 April 2013

Manager's message for last two games

Lee Johnson has vowed there will be no relaxing as Latics, now safe from the threat of relegation, prepare for tomorrow's npower League One match at Shrewsbury Town.

Latics' manager wants to maintain the winning habit in their remaining two league matches.

Johnson: "The mission to make sure we are playing League One football next season has been accomplished which is what I set out to achieve.

"Now we start building and preparing for next season and look to push on."

He added that it had been a good week with three wins in a row against Bury, Yeovil and Crawley, something they had not done since 2009.

Johnson continued: "It has been a good week and I think everybody enjoyed it and certainly the players worked their socks off that week.

"Fair play to them as there were some tired legs out there on Saturday, but mentally they were strong enough to win.

"After the game, the atmosphere was subdued and a feeling of thank goodness the real intense pressure is over. Now we can enjoy our summer."

Johnson added he would like to faze in a couple of players, but he wants to win the last two games.

He said: "I want breed a winning mentality, especially in our youngsters because they have to come into men's football and to be ready.

"I want to win the games and the lads also want to keep on the roll they are on.
"I am not about to chuck in a bunch of 16 and 17-year-olds who I haven't seen. If any of them play or get minutes, it will because they deserve it."

Johnson has been impressed with the job Graham Turner has done at Shrewsbury who have consolidated in League One after winning promotion.

He said: "Graham is a good manager who also has a good squad.

"They are safe and it is fair play to them having been promoted last season.

"I know they will build again next season because it is a good club."

Latics will be up against some well-known players as the Shrews' side includes Joe Jacobson and Rob Purdie.

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