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Confidence Is High According To Johnson

4 August 2014

Manager Lee Johnson felt his side lacked tempo during Saturday's 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town but was pleased to come away with the win.

James Dayton, Liam Kelly and Jonson Clarke-Harris grabbed the goals to secure the victory over the Championship outfit but the manager warned his players about consistency ahead of the new season, which is only five days away.

He said: "I think the psychology of the last pre-season game means that some players don't want to get injured; the tempo was not there and the sprinting wasn't there.

"It took me and Tommy on the side to come out and shout to get them going which raised the tempo of the players. We should have been 2-0 down in the game because we didn't start at the right tempo so that part I was disappointed in but once we had our first move, we scored and everyone started to enjoy themselves.

"We have to play like that from the start but overall we have beat a Championship side but generally I was pleased."

Clarke-Harris notched his sixth goal of this pre-season campaign but the manager still wants more from his star-striker.

"He did the same thing at Morecambe and he's done the same thing again. It's no fluke, it's a fantastic goal and long may it continue.

"However, I don't want them goals. I want him to score the six yarders because that's what will get him 25 goals a season. I will celebrate more when he scores one off his backside from six yards," admitted Johnson.

With the start of the new League One season against Colchester United only days away, the 33-year-old is happy with where his team stand going into the new campaign.

"It's a new bunch so there are a few things I want to iron out but I think we are 90-95% there," the gaffer added. "Hopefully we can go into the Colchester game full of confidence and the players can be pleased with themselves after what has been a good pre-season."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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