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Manager's cup warning

21 November 2013

League is our bread and butter - Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson will be impressing on his players not to be distracted by Latics' exploits in the cup competitions.

Latics have enjoyed success in the FA Cup with Budweiser and Johnstone's Paint Trophy, but their manager is aware of his side's perilous position in Sky Bet League 1.

As Latics prepare for Saturday's game at Gillingham, they find themselves only one point clear of the relegation places.

Johnson (pictured) said: "We have a big job to do in the league.

"We have done well in the cups with half of our wins coming in those competitions.

"We have had a break from the league and done well, but the league is our bread and butter.

"I am disappointed with our points tally so far and there is no hiding the fact.

"I don't think our performances have warranted such a low points total, but that is where we are."

Johnson is happy with the way things are taking shape with his new-look side, even though that has not translated into points.

He continued: "I feel comfortable where we are. I was stood on the sidelines at Wolves, as well as in other games, and been quite content that players are doing the jobs asked of them.

"If we do that, it is then up to the footballing Gods to see how we get on.

"I feel we have turned the corner and I go into games reasonably confident we will put on a good performance, though I am always frightened about the uncontrollable, a mistake, refereeing decision.

"Our football has been good. We have started sticking the ball into the net in the last three or four games which has been good.

"We have also been reasonably solid at the back, though we are not complacent.

"We are heading in the right direction and a lot of people are speaking about us in a positive light."

Latics' manager believes it will be a tough match in the wake of Gillingham's defeat by non-league club Bashley this week in the FA Cup.

He explained: "They will be hurting after getting knocked out of the FA Cup while we will be buzzing as we won through to the second round.

"There is an awkward balance and we have to make sure we continue the fight we have shown in the last couple of games..

"We have to make sure we are at our best against Gillingham whose pitch is tight which changes the dynamics of the game."

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