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Gaffer Looking For A Response From Players

19 December 2014

Manager Lee Johnson wants to put the disappointment of last weekend's drubbing behind him and concentrate on getting back to winning ways against MK Dons on Saturday.

After Saturday's 4-0 defeat against Yeovil Town, Johnson is looking for a response from his players and admits that his players do not fear the trip to Stadium:MK.

He said: "We still believe we have good players and of course we have had one horror show and that is the only one in my spell where we really have capitulated. 

"It is a challenge now for me managerially, the players to get their form going and it goes to show how quickly the turnaround can be. We have to continue down our pursuits of excellence and make sure when we go through these little spells that we iron them out quickly.

"I've seen MK Dons two or three times. They have a lot of talented individuals and they are top of the form table at home and we were second in the form table as of Saturday so we have to go there and it won't be an easy game. 

"We do have the players that can affect anybody in this division. We go into Saturday hurting but confidence remaining in tact given where we are in the division."

The manager gave an injury update and admits two of his key players could be in contention for a starting spot tomorrow afternoon.

"Jonathan Forte missed last week through illness, he had the flu, but he is training now so we are hopeful on that one," commented Johnson.

"Liam Kelly is 50/50 for Saturday's game but it maybe a bit too early for him. We'll have to speak to the player and see how he is."

With the captain's chances of playing increased, the 33-year-old spoke highly of his central midfielder. 

"He is a big player for us," said Johnson. He has come off a really bad injury so his body is still adjusting from a year out. 

"We do have to be careful with him but what he does is all the ground work for all the other players to go forward and be free. He covers the ground so well and tactically he is so good."

Watch the full interview via Latics Player.

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