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Today's Press Conference

30 January 2014

Johnson and Lockwood talk to Latics Player

Earlier today Lee Johnson and Adam Lockwood spoke before Latics game against Swindon Town this weekend. The manager spoke about the defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers, player movement and the game against The Robins on Saturday.

On Wolves: 

"It was a disappointing result but I wasn't that upset with losing the game if I'm honest, I felt that we gave a decent account of ourselves against a top side. It's always difficult against teams with such big budgets because they have that little bit extra around the park. When the pitch was compressed we were the better side, our football was better and we created some good chances, but when the pitch opened up they had the pace and power to create chances.

"Our season was never going to be defined on the result against Wolves, but we showed enough that we can compete with them. At one nil down I thought we looked the more likely to score the next goal, so there were positives to take out of the game as far as we are concerned".

On player movement:

"There has been a lot of interest in James Tarkowski and it does like we are going to lose him, although to which club we are not sure yet. We are obviously working behind the scenes to bring players in to cover a number of positions. We are hoping to bringing in two or three players before the transfer window ends". 

"The thing to remember is that even though the transfer window closes tomorrow, there will be players available straight afterwards that have been released from their contracts, and then a week later the 'loan' window opens again".

On Swindon Town:

"It will be a tough game, they are a good side and they play good football which will suit us. We have beaten them once this season so we will go there looking to give another good account of ourselves and hopefully bring back a positive result".

Central defender Adam Lockwood spoke about his debut on Tuesday and his hopes of playing a part in the coming games.

On his debut:

"Being in a position whereby I couldn't sign until January due to the terms of leaving my last club, and after training with the club before playing a few games for Guiseley, it was great to finally get on the pitch in a first team game.

"It was always going to be tough playing against a side like Wolves, but that's what I needed. To test myself against the best players in the league was helpful whilst I get myself up to full fitness. 

"If you look at teams in this division there isn't a lot of difference between the sides at the top and those at the bottom. As a team it's important that we concentrate on what we are good at. The game against Peterborough showed that, especially in the second half, if we all pull in the same direction we can get the wins that will move us up the table" 

On what he will bring to the team:

"I will shoulder responsibility and bring experience to what is a young squad, I hope to improve both myself and the team. If we keep clean sheets it will give us a platform to go on and win games" 

Watch the full interviews on Latics Player later

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