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Johnson: "Fantastic Game To Watch"

19 October 2014

Manager Lee Johnson believed yesterday's 1-1 draw with Chesterfield lived up to its pre-match billing.

Jonathan Forte had given Latics the lead from the penalty spot minutes after the break but Sam Clucas levelled the game just before the hour mark to seal a point for both sides.

That result stretched Latics' unbeaten run to 11 games in all competitions and the gaffer believed the game was a great advert for League One football.

He said: "It's a good away point and a fantastic game to watch. It was end-to-end with lots of attacking play and great saves from both goalkeepers. It was exactly what we said it was going to be and if it was 4-4 or 4-3 in one way then people would not have had an argument. 

"We had a couple of early shots. Poleon and Forte looked dangerous. They then had a few chances and looked dangerous. I thought it was a really good spectacle for League One with two teams that looked confident and looked like they are going to continue winning games."

Latics were thwarted on several occasions from Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee and Johnson heaped praise on his former teammate. 

"He has pulled off a great save from Ibehre and he seems to have that flying arm that comes out of nowhere," the gaffer commented. "He is a top goalkeeper and if he had two and a half inches more then he would have been a Premier League goalkeeper for many of year."

The 33-year-old reserved special praise for the 1,028 supporters that made the trip but admits his squad can still grow.

Johnson said: "I think they enjoyed themselves and had a lot to shout about. Everybody is behind us at the moment and we have just got to continue. 

"It'll take time for the partnerships to be where I want them to be but we have a lot of good news with injuries coming back and we will be stronger."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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