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Improved Performance Pleases Gaffer

27 December 2014

Manager Lee Johnson praised his side's improved performance after yesterday's 2-1 home defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

After the disappointment of the last three weeks, the gaffer admitted his players were lacking in confidence after the MK Dons showing last week.

The manager reverted back to the diamond formation which proved effective in the early parts of the season and saw a much improved display from his players.

He said: "I'm disappointed with the result but I'm pleased with the performance of the players given the result last week. It was a 150% improvement and I'm as disappointed as anyone not to come away with the win. 

"I thought we should have had a couple of penalties but we have been defeated by a fantastic finish and we haven't converted our possession and chances. On an individual basis I'm pleased with them because most of them got their game back and that is an improvement. 

"We have to continue our performance levels that we have today. Over a period of one, two, five games you will more than likely come out on top."

In the build up to Crewe's winning goal, Latics full back Joseph Mills looked to be fouled in the penalty area and that decision cost the team admits Johnson.

"I do think we could have had a couple of penalties. I feel the first one which led to their goal was unbelievable. It was a foul anywhere else on the pitch and it was a penalty," the gaffer commented.

"I thought the one where Jabo was being pulled back, he was being too honest. If he had gone down, he would have probably got it."

Despite the result, the 33-year-old remained positive about the club's current form. "They have come and done a job on us," Johnson admitted. 

"We won every stat other than the most important one and it's disappointing but we kick on. That performance today meant that we can perform to a good level."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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