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Gaffer Calls On Supporters To Make The Difference

20 October 2014

Latics boss Lee Johnson hailed the club's supporters in his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Coventry City and is calling on them to make the difference tomorrow evening.

With home attendances on the up and over 1,000 supporters at Chesterfield on Saturday, the manager has praised fans for their continued support and wants to keep the feel-good atmosphere going in the next coming games.

He said: "Everyone is enjoying it at the moment. We are very appreciative of all the fans that come in and we are appreciative when you tell your mate to come along because that's going to be important as well. 

"I can't stress enough how much these two games are important. This could define our season and where we are going to go so if everyone could give us one song per half that would be great. We need them for the full 90 minutes and they can tell us afterwards what they think."

Coventry are the visitors to Park tomorrow evening and the gaffer highlighted the importance of getting a result from the game.

"Coventry are a real passing side that play the lines well. They are in poor form at the moment for them but we need to go for the jugular on games like this, and that's not just our players and that's our fans as well.

"In this division you get injuries to key players and it affects your team. Coventry have a very good youth academy there, a great manager and some good players but you need to tick the boxes in League One," continued Johnson.

"In the last six or seven games they haven't managed to tick all the boxes for whatever reason and that has cost them. They have threats, big name players and young talent so it is up to us to impose ourselves on them."

With six games coming up in the next 21 days, the 33-year-old admits he is going to have to manage his players correctly to get the best out of them.

"We have to be careful with the players. We are still working out a couple of players in terms of what they need. Some players may need an extra day, which their has been a lot of debate about recently. That doesn't mean an extra off, but it means massages, swimming pool work or yoga so we are still getting there. 

"There is a fine balance and it is about the players being at their peak for match day so we have got to do everything in our power to make sure we get things right," said Johnson.

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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