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Johnson: "We Need That Sparkle In Attack"

25 September 2014

Oldham Athletic boss Lee Johnson admitted his side just need that extra little sparkle in front of goal to take the club to another level.

Latics are unbeaten in their last six games but have only managed six goals in return. With the defensive record impeccable, Johnson believes it is only a matter of time before his side get it right.

The manager spoke to the press ahead of the game with Scunthorpe United on Saturday and said: "We've defended very well in the last six games and all we need is that little sparkle in attack.

"We have been working on that in training but we must remain defensively astute. If we build from a position of strength then we can move forward.

"This year we look a lot more solid and there isn't as many individual errors but we are looking to kick on. It also means we need to score more goals but that doesn't mean just strikers, we need midfielders and defenders to pitch in and everyone has to get in that mindset.

The Iron are the visitors to Park at the weekend and the gaffer believes it will be a tough encounter. "Scunthorpe have some good threats. We have to nulify their threats and show them ours.

"I think it's a tough league and there is a big gap between League One and League Two. League One is really competitive this year but I think Scunthorpe will be alright this season," continued Johnson.

"They have recruited very well and I think they have just been unlucky with injuries so far this season. I know Russ will be disappointed with the injuries he has had but he's been in football long enough to know that if he weathers the storm, he will be fine."

Finally, the 33-year-old gave an update on club captain Adam Lockwood who has been sidelined for the past two months with an unusual injury.

Johnson explained: "He is back running now but we have to be tentative with the injury. We've had to take advice from other sports and he is a good lad. He's been doing a lot of swimming and he's become a good swimmer.

"He's also been down to Bolton University, who we have a good link with, to use the anti-gravity treadmill. He's in good shape now but we have to be tentative with the injury and take guidance from the player."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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