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Johnson on television date

8 September 2013

It is great for the players - Latics' manager

Lee Johnson views tomorrow's live televised between Latics and Preston North End in Sky Bet League 1 as a great opportunity for his players to showcase their skills to the nation.

Latics' manager is looking forward to to match at Deepdale against the Lilywhites who are unbeaten in the league.

"It is great for the players to appear in front of the cameras and hopefully it will have a great effect and have them all buzzing," he explained.

Johnson is mindful of how Latics' players stepped up to the plate in last season's FA Cup run when they beat Liverpool and took Everton to a replay in live televised matches.

Latics' manager views the match at Deepdale as a tough examination for his young side.

He explained: "Preston are unbeaten in the league and a well organised side. It will be a good test for us.

"But if we put in another performance like the ones so far away from home, there is every chance of getting a positive result."

Latics have already won away at Stevenage in the league and Shrewsbury in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and only lost by the odd goal at high-flying Peterborough.

This contrasts to only one win from three home league matches and four games in all competitions.

Johnson said: "At the moment it looks as though we are finding it easier to play away, but we will only know if that is the case once we have played 10/15 games.

"The emphasis is on the home side to attack so away from home that leaves room for us to exploit,

"The other theory is that we cannot score at home. We are creating lots of chances, but not managing to get over the line."

Johnson took plenty of positives from their last visit to Deepdale in April when two late goals condemned them to a 2-0 defeat.

"I was gutted because we played well for 65/70 minutes only to burn out," he explained.


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