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Johnson: "It Was A Good Tactical Game"

21 July 2014

Manager Lee Johnson felt his side had the chances to win Saturday's encounter with Melbourne City but rued a lack of composure in front of goal.

Trialist defender Miguel Llera equalised for Latics five minutes from the end after David Williams had given the Australian side the lead after half time.

Johnson, who spoke to Latics Player after the game, said: "I thought it was a good tactical game because it taught the lads some lessons on the pitch. I think we should have won and we had the chances to win but they dominated the possession and the aerial zones. 

"We've got to make sure when we get those good chances, we've got to stick them in. There were certain things I was really pleased with. I thought Mike Jones and Brian Wilson were superb."

With the visitors somewhat of an unknown quantity, the manager felt the game was beneficial for his players learning.

"There were a lot of good things in the game along with some bad and average but the unknown quantity of Melbourne was good for us because it allowed us to check on ourselves," commented Johnson.

Latics travel to the Morecambe's Globe Arena on Tuesday night before heading off on a team building exercise and the gaffer believes it will an interesting experience. 

He said: "It's good to live in each others pockets for a while because you really see how people live and you can't kid someone for three or four days. It's all for the greater good as hopefully everyone will be prepared for the start of the season."

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