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Johnson: "Simply Not Good Enough"

26 February 2014

Manager Lee Johnson was less than impressed with his side's performance as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of MK Dons.

George Baldock and Izale McLeod put Dons ahead going into the break. During half time, the gaffer made all three substitutions looking for a response but admitted the damage had already been done.

Speaking to Latics Player, a depleted Johnson said: "The first half was simply not good enough. We couldn't pass the ball, control it and we were poor. We had silly mistakes and weren't good enough.

"Fair play to MK Dons, they are a good little side when they get ahead of steam. It was horrible to watch and something had to be done at half time. 

"We gave it a go in the second half. We made the three subs at half time because it had to be done and to be fair, all three lads affected the game. It was a disappointing game for me as a manager because you start to lose a little bit of faith for people."

Charlie MacDonald did pull one back for Latics just before the hour mark but the manager felt possession was lost easily in attack. 

"Charlie took his goal well and he always works hard," commented the 32-year-old. "I thought we lost the ball a lot up front and we couldn't get a platform but we can't be too down. We have to move on and we've got another important game so the players have to use that to better their performance."

Summing up the game, Johnson found positives hard to come by from the game but is hoping to see a reaction from his players when they visit Tranmere Rovers at the weekend.

"I was disappointed with everyone to be honest," Johnson explained. "I've got no complaints about the result, I'm very disappointed as a manager and a coach, and all I can do is apologise for the first half and endevour to put it right on Saturday."

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