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Johnson's Wembley Dream

6 October 2014

Gaffer Lee Johnson admitted it would be a dream to lead this side out at Wembley ahead of tomorrow's Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round clash with Barnsley.

Latics have been unfortunate in this competition over the last couple of seasons, narrowly missing out on a final at the national stadium but this time, the manager wants to go one step further and win for the trophy.

He said: "This competition is one that I take seriously. As a young manager with young players, I've played at Wembley and there is nothing better than that so I would love to walk an Oldham side out on that Wembley turf. Last year we were unlucky losing on penalties in a game we should have won but hopefully this time we can go further."

Barnsley are the visitors for tomorrow's clash and they will be tough opponents according to Johnson. "You only have to look at their budget and quality of players to know they are a good side," admitted the gaffer.

"They have been a bit unfortunate with their results recently but it is such a tight division that they could win their next two and be near the play offs. Danny Wilson is a good manager and he knows the division and I nearly played for him a few times and would not have minded playing for him."

The 33-year-old revealed a piece of team news to the press ahead of tomorrow's game but is still undecided on his starting 11.

"It's a fine line between do you keep the same squad that has been doing well or do you give a couple of players a chance. Some are enforced but I haven't made my mind up what I'm going to do yet.

"The two that will be playing are Dieng and James Wilson and they will be fine. They balance nicely together and Dieng has played the top league in France so they will be alright. I'm looking forward to Timmy playing because he has been impressive and has been unlucky so far. The system change for us killed him a bit and he's been unlucky not to have more starts."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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