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Lee Johnson Previews Bradford City

3 April 2014

Latics manager Lee Johnson is confident of taking the club's recent good form into Saturday's encounter with Bradford City.

With the club on a four game unbeaten run, the manager believes if the side stick together then they can get a positive result from the Coral Window Stadium.

He said: "It was important we had the start of a little run. We've looked solid at the back and that's the most important thing to move forward. Everyone is in good spirits at the moment and confidence levels are high. 

"Bradford have been really up and down this year. They are a strong unit with experienced players. They started the season with Hanson and Wells up front and like a lot of teams in this division, when you lose your best players, it's very difficult to compete. They've got Jon Stead and Aaron McLean in and they've started to pick up with two decent results.

"It'll be a difficult game for us but with our army of supporters going along, we can certainly capitalise."

With only six games remaining, Latics currently sit four points above the relegation places and the gaffer admits it's going to be a tough run in. 

"We've got six tough games still go and we all know football can change," continued Johnson. "This is a big game for us. As we move into not having a game next week, we'd like to be safe, settled and secure not going into the final game of the season."

The manager has had the luxury of picking the same settled side for the past three games running and he spoke about the importance of keeping the players together.

"It's been nice to play a consistent side. You see the little partnerships and the little technical points during the game that start to flourish and that's not fluke. You train together and keep a settled side so it's bound to happen," expressed the 32-year-old.

"We've got a perfect balance in defence. You've got Locky's experience and Wilson has recovery, pace and ability on the ball. They were always going to take a bit of time because they were getting their fitness through games because of where we got them from."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.  

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