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Lee Johnson Previews Leyton Orient

24 March 2014

Latics boss Lee Johnson was delighted to get back to winning ways on Saturday and is hoping to take that form into tomorrow's game with Leyton Orient.

Johnson takes his men to London tomorrow night, looking to take the good form from recent games into tomorrow's clash with Orient and is confident ahead of the game.

He said: "We can go and win this game at Orient. It's a tough game and they are a good side but I think in the last two games we've been defensively solid and gradually we've got better on our attacking stuff so without being complacent, we're certainly not fearful of going to Orient on Tuesday. If we continue defensively and carry on attacking then we've got every chance. 

Ahead of the game, the gaffer had strong positive words to say about his managerial counterpart. "Russell Slade's a good manager. He knows the level and he's done really well this year," admitted Johnson. 

"Brentford and Wolves are always going to come through at the end because of their finances and the sheer depth of their squad but so far, Russell's been manager of the season for me."

Assessing his squad ahead of the trip to the capital, the 32-year-old was disappointed to lose Joel Byrom and has been dealt a blow with another player recovering from injury. 

"We've got a couple nursing injuries and we've got to be careful with Korey but generally it will be the same 16/17 players so we have to stick with them," the manager explained. "Kusunga had to have a small operation in something which was unrelated to his injury which has knocked him back a week. 

"It was disappointing to lose Joel to injury. He played really well against Crewe and he's exactly what we need for this level but stuff happens in football. He'll have time to be back before the end of the season and I will be using him if needed."

The supporters played a huge role in backing the team on Saturday and the manager finished off his press conference with a little message for them.

He said: "I thought the fans were superb. The drummer was there and it was a droning noise with even the main stand getting involved. It was excellent and I enjoyed it. I think the supporters saw that it added to the commitment of the players and it was helped by an early goal."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player. 

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