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Lee Looks To Get One Over On Father

11 December 2014

It's a family affair at SportsDirect.com Park this Saturday as manager Lee Johnson looks to get one over on his father Gary Johnson in the Sky Bet League One clash between Latics and Yeovil.

Lee Johnson, who has been in charge of Latics since March 2013, prevailed 1-0 in their first encounter together courtesy of Matt Smith's solitary goal.

That season saw Latics avoid relegation from Sky Bet League One and saw the Glovers beat Brentford in the play-off final to secure their place in the Championship.

After relegation from that division and Latics staying in League One last season, the club's have had contrasting starts to the season and the manager said: "We had this game before and it was roles reverse then so its a difficult situation. We have to be professional and both me and my dad will be gunning for three points.

"We have had a few mess-about mind games and he keeps reminding me that he has a few tricks up his sleeve because he has been in it 25 years. There are so many plans going on that we may as well go back to the start but it is a great occasion for us. 

"We are sixth in the league and if we win we cement our place in the play-offs and hopefully we can claw in on the top three or four. Loads of teams are playing each other in the top group and it is going to change from week-to-week. 

"You don't win the league at this stage of the season but you can certainly be lost in the race. We have two massive games in the league coming up and I'm looking forward to it."

Johnson spoke highly of his dad's managerial credentials and insists it will be a tough encounter despite the two club's league positions.

"The league table suggests we are doing better than them at the moment and we probably are at the moment but a couple of wins here and there changes the dynamic of the league," commented the 33-year-old.

"They have picked up some good results this year and been unlucky in a couple of games so they have recruited well recently. In this division, you add three good players and you kick start your season. 

"I see them improving and I know my dad is a fantastic manager so he will get them going so it will be a really tough game."

The gaffer did not want to be drawn on injury news for the game but admitted he needs all his players over this busy festive period.

"We have a big squad training at the moment which sometimes isn't ideal. Sometimes you can have too many people training," said Johnson.

"Amari is back and looking good in training so everyone is good and doing well apart from a few niggles, we go into this period relatively strong."

Watch the full interview via Latics Player. 

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