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JPT A Priority For Johnson

1 September 2014

Latics boss Lee Johnson admitted he will be taking the Johnstone's Paint Trophy seriously and wants to kick on from Saturday's victory.

A goal in each half was enough for Latics to seal their first win of the 2014/15 season on Saturday and the manager wants to keep that run going.

He said: "This is a big tournement for us and we want to do well in it so we will pick our best team to win the game. You want to try and keep the same team for as long as possible. Certainly as a general rule, it's good to keep a winning team.

Bradford are the visitors to SportsDirect.com Park tomorrow in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and Johnson is expecting a tough encounter.

"They are flying at the moment and we always seem to catch teams like that. I went to watch them last week against Leeds which was an excellent game. They are full of big strong men who know the division so it will be a tough game but we are coming into it in a bit of form," commented the manager.

"I'm sure that both teams will have three or four players that they mix up a bit. We are at that point in the season where there are a few niggles so teams might rest a few but ideally we want to keep the same team. At the moment we have a few little knocks and we'll have to wait until the boys come in to assess them."

Transfer deadline day is in full swing and with hours remaining, the 33-year-old was not giving much away during this morning's press conference.

He said: "You never know what to expect on deadline day, and that's the beauty of it. I've brought my snacks to stay here until 11 if need be. There is always something that happens late and fast as we know with Stead last season.

"We are in the market and there are a number of players around at the moment but we are not sure if we will be able to get anybody in."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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