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Lee Johnson: "It Was A Vital Win"

19 April 2014

Manager Lee Johnson hailed his players after the 1-0 victory over Colchester United which extends his side's unbeaten run to six games.

Connor Brown's deflected shot took Latics to 50 points in Sky Bet League One and six points ahead of the relegation places and the boss believes the only way is up.

He said: "I think 50 points will probably be enough but I will sit down and work out all the permitations. We are looking up now and we have to set the tone for next year. 

"It's important that the lads stay focused and move on to Monday in front of our fans with our new stand going up and show the performance that everybody wants to see."

Speaking about the victory, the gaffer admitted it felt far more comfortable than the stats suggested.

"It was a very hard fought victory. It was a vital day for us and a vital win. I thought we defended like trojans.

"It was a tense game but it was important for everybody that we got numbers and energy behind the ball," continued Johnson.

"We limited them to very few good efforts. There were corners and shots from the edge of the box but if you watch the game back, you would probably see it was more comfortable than it looked."

Latics' fans travelled in numbers on Good Friday and the 32-year-old expressed his delight with the supporters.

"They were superb. I was expecting about 150 as it is Easter but they have gone beyond the call of duty and they never stopped singing all afternoon," said the boss.

"I think at the moment the players have got a really good relationship with the supporters and long may that continue."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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