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Gaffer Looking To Continue Good Run

4 September 2014

The gaffer is expecting a tight affair as Fleetwood Town are the visitors to Park on Saturday.

Both sides had contrasting fortunes in midweek as Jordan Bove fired a late winner for Latics whilst the Cod Army were beaten by League Two side Morecambe.

That was Fleetwood's first defeat of the season and the side currently sit second in Sky Bet League One so manager Lee Johnson is expecting a close encounter.

He said: "They have a great start and they've carried the momentum over from the previous season. They have made some really good signings and had a bit of a go financially.

"Graham a young manager that has done well and they will be full of enthusiasm. They have rested quite a few of their players for the weekend so they will come here bright and fresh. It will be a good tight game and quite a tactical battle.

"They have some good players in form. They have signed Proctor, Sarcevic and Ball who are always threats. It will be a good game and a good one to watch."

With the season five games old, the manager admitted the season has got off to the best start but is hoping to kick on from the club's recent good form.

"I want to be higher up the division but it's still early days yet. I'm happy with the recent form and defensive display that I've seen but going forward I do expect more in front of goal.

"We could have eight or nine goals more so that finishing aspect is important. We have all seen how goals change games so it's important we get that," Johnson continued.

"We are still a work-in-progress. The players have got that buzz that they want to kick on from this recent good form. Bradford was a good win and the timing of it was good.

"We want to start a league run and it's a great start for us on Saturday and with all the fans behind us, we should have a good chance of getting something from the game."

After the late flurry of transfer activity on deadline day, the loan window opens next week and the 33-year-old has outlined his particular preferences.

"There is no secret that we are still looking for that striker that can complement all our other strikers. Whether that be someone out of contract or a loan will remain to be seen. At the moment, we have ideas but not too many firm options," admitted Johnson.

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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