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Johnson Previews Leyton Orient

14 August 2014

Manager Lee Johnson is looking for his players to bounce back after Tuesday night's Capital One Cup defeat to Middlesbrough as they face Leyton Orient on Saturday.

After the game, the gaffer admitted he was disappointed with a couple of his players but during the pre-match press conference, he was happy to ignore the Middlesbrough defeat and put it down to a one-off.

He said: "I'm happy to write that game off. You know me, I'm the world's worst loser and I have to have a sense of reality about the game. It's not a team in our division and in my opinion they are a team that will get promoted out of the Championship.

"A few of our players went down like dominos mentally but that's what happens when you play teams at a higher level because they do that to you."

Leyton Orient are the visitors to SportsDirect.com Park on Saturday and Johnson believes it might be a good time to play the 2014 beaten play-off finalists.

"There is a little bit of changing dynamic down there at the moment. The new owners have come in and they have made three big signings.

"It's an exciting time for their club and they are chucking a lot of financial clout behind their team so maybe this is a good time to catch them," the gaffer continued.

"We drew with them twice last year and maybe we should have got more from those games but they are a good side and we believe we can cause problems in this division."

With the club unbeaten from the end of last season, the 33-year-old is still looking to use that momentum going into Saturday's game.

"I believe that we are on a good run in this league and if we can get us a win on Saturday, we can go 12 unbeaten. In our division we know we are capable and strong and we have to go into Saturday's game full of confidence," said Johnson.

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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