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Johnson: "It Was Gut-Wrenching"

16 February 2014

Latics boss Lee Johnson was understandably frustrated to concede a goal in the dying minutes of yesterday's 2-1 defeat to MK Dons.

After taking the lead in the first half, Latics were pegged back in the second half through goals from Samir Carruthers and a last minute winner from Ben Reeves.

The gaffer was disappointed to lose, but couldn't fault his side for effort. He said: "It was gut-wrenching because I thought the boys were fantastic today. We had some really good chances and good play but it was gut-wrenching in the way it panned out in the last couple of minutes. 

"We started off in a different shape to stay solid and then the plan was to tweek it after 20 minutes and it worked. We went from a solid base, which led them into a false sense of security, and we created some chances. It was just disappointing to come out of the game without any points."

Adam Lockwood scored his first goal for Latics in the game and Johnson is pleased with the defender's attitude since joining the club.

"He's been great," admitted the 32-year-old. "I thought he had a great game today and I think him and Wilson are getting stronger and stronger. I thought we had six or seven players who were outstanding today."

Genseric Kusunga was dismissed mid-way through the second half, receiving a second booking from the referee. Speaking about the incident, Johnson said: "He's let the team down today. Fair play to him, he's stood up and apologised to the lads but through dopiness, he's allowed himself to get sent off."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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