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Johnson Not Getting Carried Away Despite Good Form

27 October 2014

Manager Lee Johnson is keeping his feet on the ground despite his side moving into the top six for the first time this season.

Jonathan Forte and Mike Jones scored the goals as Latics made it 13 games unbeaten in all competitions to move them into a play off position.

However, with only 15 games of the season gone, the manager does not want to get carried away despite the club's good form.

He said: "It's nice to be up there at the moment. We can't get carried away in the league as there are a lot of good teams in it. The atmosphere was superb and I love it when it is like that. It was bouncing and it was proper intense game. It was full of intensity and passion from both sets of supporters and players so looking back on it, it was a great game.

"We need to be sensible now. We have the protocols in place now and we continue doing what we are doing. If we can get a couple more crowds like that, we might be able to get another couple of players in.

"We want to get the fine balance between attacking football and getting results. We attacked well but we move on now. We take the points which puts us into the top six. We are in the pack and we don't have any injuries so we get ready for the massive game next week."

With Bradford scoring just before the break, it put the pressure on Latics in the second half but the manager felt his side were full value for the win.

"It was a tough game but we know what Bradford are about as they are direct and physical and they are affective at it. I thought the game could have been out of sight before they got their goal. 

"We could have had three or four but they scored at a bad time for us. It was always going to be an uphill battle in the second half but we had chances to kill it off," the boss continued.

"Our lads had to win in a different way and we showed good character. Our chances were a lot better than theirs in the 90 minutes."

Forte notched his 11th goal in 13 appearances, a career best for the forward, and the 33-year-old was full of praise for his players.

"It was nice to get him out three times in a week. We have to look after him again now and he could have had another couple more. But we looked dangerous again," said Johnson.

"I thought Jabo and Millsy were superb and I'm delighted with the way we won. We defended well and Timmy, Kusunga and Wilson all put their bodies on the line for the team."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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