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Lee Johnson Previews Carlisle United

24 April 2014

Manager Lee Johnson believes Saturday's clash with Carlisle United will be a tough encounter for his side as they look to extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

With three games of the season remaining, Latics know a victory over the Cumbrian side will guarantee them League One football again for next season. 

In contrast, a victory for Carlisle will give them a helping hand towards their own survival and the gaffer is wary of the danger they, and Notts County, pose.

He said: "Carlisle are fighting for their lives and so are Notts County so we have a massive part to play in our own season. We've got to stay lively in those two games.

"We're going to need a point. We'd be very unlucky to go down on this points tally but it's still a possibility. The boys want to continue the run and we'll go to Carlisle and be up for a big battle."

After two games within 72 hours, the players returned with four points from six from the Easter period and that is something the manager was happy with.

"It was a good return from a difficult period. I thought we performed really well but I was disappointed not to win against Coventry. We defended really well and the midfield three broke up the play well but I felt we could have won it," admitted Johnson.

Finally, the manager paid tribute to the youth team after their victory over Blackpool  to win the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup in a penalty shootout to bring home silverware to Boundary Park.

"I was very pleased with everybody," admitted the 32-year-old. "They have done really well this year and I'm really pleased for them. They can go out of the club with their heads held high. 

"It was a difficult game and they came through it. It's great for the club and it's good for the feel-good factor because we can say that our youth team is winning things and everything is positive."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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