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16 April 2013

Johnson's prepare to do battle

Lee Johnson admits it will be an emotional as he goes head-to-head against his father tonight at Boundary Park when Latics play Yeovil Town.

For only the second time in English professional football, a father and son do battle against one another in management.

Johnson says that side show will be put to one side as it is an important match for both clubs as Latics need points to stave off the threat of relegation and Yeovil in their pursuit of automatic promotion.

He said: "Of course it is a big day and a big game because we both need the points.

"We could do without it on the emotional front."

Lee doesn't envisage any flashpoints on the touchline in what he described jokingly as "midget wars."

He said: "I am sure we will be consumed in the game that there won't be much banter or much aggression flying about as we both respect each other and the jobs we are trying to do.

"It is not going to kick off because when you have so much respect for somebody, I wouldn't kick off, even if he did."

Lee added that mother Karon has been keeping her cards close to her chest in terms of who she will be supporting tonight.

"I would say she would be secretly pleased if we won, but I am sure dad would say the same," he said.

Lee added that the conversation he had with his father over the weekend was the most "cagey" since the one when he ran away from home at the age of nine after he got into a scrape at home.

He is full of admiration for the job his dad has done at Yeovil transforming them from a struggling side to vying for automatic promotion on a shoestring budget.

Lee said: "I would be surprised if he were not nominated for manager of the year in this division, if not win it.

"He has done a very good job and fair play to him."

There are plenty of tickets still available at Boundary Park to witness tonight's managerial head to head, something which has only happened once before.

Adults can watch Latics' home npower League One game against Yeovil Town on Tuesday, April 16th from £19.         

Ticket prices are £20 for adults in the Main Stand Upper with over-65's, under-16's and students all £10.         

In Main Stand Lower the prices are £19 and £9 respectively.         

Prices for the Chaddy End and The Verlin  Stand (Rochdale Road) are £20 for adults, £10 concessions with under-16's in both stands £5.         

Yeovil fans will be accommodated in the small section of The Verlin Stand.         

Students are reminded they must hold Oldham Athletic student membership which is available from the ticket office.

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