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Derby Day Excitement For Johnson

22 August 2014

Oldham Athletic boss Lee Johnson has made his players aware of the importance of getting a result against Lancashire rivals, Preston North End.

Only 45 minutes separates the two football grounds and Johnson believes his side can get a positive result after an impressive display against Port Vale in midweek.

James Wilson headed a second half goal for Latics but they could not unfortunately force a winning goal so the manager is looking to take that form into tomorrow's clash.

He said: "Preston are a pretty solid and secure side so it will be an interesting game and our travelling support will be as good as they usually are because there is an extra spice to the game.

"We will drum into the players that this is a derby game. The players will feel the atmosphere on the day. We have lads that have played in these sorts of games before and it's a great game for them.

"Our players really get up for the big games because they haven't played in as many of them that they would have hoped. I love this Preston game and it's been one of my favourites so far and hopefully we can put in a performance and get the three points."

With the manager slightly frustrated with the start his side has made, he does believe it will only be a matter of time before the team start finding the right results.

"It does feel better as a coach that you know you are heading in the right direction," Johnson commented.

"Although I'm disappointed with the start we have made, we are having good patches in the games we have played in the league and we've got to make sure 75% of it is in our favour. If that is the case, we will soon shoot up the league."

The manager revealed during the press conference that William Gros would not be retained by the football club so he is now looking at alternative players to bring in.

"We are looking at the loan market and there are a couple out there that are still not signed and you have to decide if they are fit so there are a few risks there," added the 33-year-old.

"The league is going to be very tight this season. No one will run away with it this year so we need to bring the right players on board to help us get to the next level."

Watch the full interview here.

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