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Johnson: "We Looked Bright And Sharp"

11 July 2014

Manager Lee Johnson heaped praise on his players after an emphatic 8-1 victory over Curzon Ashton.

Two goals each from Jonson Clarke Harris, Carl Winchester and Rhys Turner put Latics well in control of the game. Genserix Kusunga and a goal from a trialist put the game far beyond doubt before Jimmy McCartney scored in the final minute of the game for the home side.

The game allowed Johnson to further assess his options going into the new league campaign and he was delighted with the work ethic of his players.

He said: "I thought we looked bright and sharp. We kept the ball moving and we were doing things we worked on. They showed that we had been working on certain things which was particularly nice.

"There is still a lot tactically to work on but generally we had some good players. I'm pleased with the application, pleased with the boys and I thought the turnout from the fans was fantastic."

The game was marred by the horrific injury to the Curzon Ashton youngster Connor Hampson and the gaffer admitted the incident almost saw him call the game off.

"People were worried after that and I was also worried. If it happened again, obviously not to that extent, I would have asked to call it off but it was a horrific injury. It really soured what should have been a lovely match," commented Johnson.

"The groundsman did say he needed a couple more weeks for the pitch to bed in but I feel sorry for him because he has done such a good job but it's ended up with a bad injury to their player which was bad to see."

With just under a month until the big kick off against Colchester United, the manager is still looking to add to his squad but wants to bring in the right players for the football club.

"We aren't just bringing players into the club because a mate asks a mate for a favour; we are bringing them in because we've looked at them properly," said Johnson.

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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