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Johnson: "Our Crowd Were Superb"

2 March 2014

Latics boss Lee Johnson believed his side were unlucky not to take all three points from Prenton Park after drawing 2-2 with Tranmere Rovers.

James Wesolowski and an own goal from Liam Ridehalgh twice put Latics ahead but Jason Koumas and Ryan Lowe equalised to give both sides a share of the spoils.

Speaking about the performance, the manager was delighted with both the players and the travelling support. He said: "I thought our boys were excellent today. I enjoyed the game, atmosphere and I thought our crowd were superb today because they never stopped singing. It was great because it really spurred the boys on. 

"I thought we played some really good stuff. We looked good on the break and I thought we were unlucky. We certainly should have had a penalty in the first half but  I was pleased with the application of the players. On another day, we could have won it."

With Korey Smith recovering from injury, it reunited his midfield partnership with Wesolowski and the manager was happy to have the pair back together.

"It was great to get Korey back. I thought he was excellent today with Wesolowski in the middle," Johnson admitted.

"I'm pleased for Wesolowski with his goal. That's his fourth goal of the season so far and it's nice to get goals from midfield. Long may the form between them two continue."

Latics had a strong penalty appeal turned down in the first half after Danny Philliskirk looked to have been pushed in the area but the referee waved it away.

"The referee couldn't come up with a valid answer why it wasn't a penalty but we have to move on," explained the 32-year-old. "This happens in football but I'm certainly not going to blame the referee for that one."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.


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