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Johnson: "We Were Outclassed"

9 March 2014

Latics boss Lee Johnson admitted that his side were second best in the 3-1 home defeat to Lancashire rivals, Preston North End.

Chris Humphrey and two goals from Joe Garner grabbed Preston the victory against the 10-men of Oldham Athletic. Gary Harkins got the home side back into the game but it unfortunately wasn't enough.

Speaking about the performance, the manager had no complaints about the result. He said: "I think it's fair to say we were outclassed today. Credit where it's due, I think they are a very strong side. We started off with too many players in the first half having off-days. It's frustrating because that's a couple of times it's happened now at home.

"It's easy to play when you're 2-1 down because the opposition don't do as much and are nice and solid. You've got to have the bravery at 0-0 to take on the game and not enough players showed that today."

Jonson Clarke-Harris was dismissed with just over ten minutes of the game remaining for handling the ball on the line but Mark Oxley superbly saved Garner's resulting spot-kick. Johnson, who is approaching a year in management, praised his goalkeeper and felt Clarke-Harris was unfortunate to see red. 

"It was a fantastic save," stated Johnson. "We'll have to have a look at the sending off again because Jonson is adamant that he cleared it with his shoulder, so hopefully, with a bit of look, we can appeal that. When he came on, he gave us something different which was pleasing."

With back-to-back league games, Latics face Rotherham United on Tuesday night so it's one that the gaffer can't reflect too much on.

"We've got to go again. The beauty of football is that there is a game just around the corner and it will be tough," admitted the 32-year-old. 

"You can't get your head down and you've got to move on. This game has gone which we are disappointed about but we move on and try to change that for Tuesday night."

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