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Two Points Dropped According To Johnson

14 September 2014

Manager Lee Johnson could not fault the effort of his players during yesterday's 0-0 draw with Gillingham but is asking to be more ruthless in front of goal.

The gaffer saw his side register 15 shots on Stephen Bywater's goal but they could not find a breakthrough and had to settle for a point.

With another clean sheet recorded, Johnson is now calling on his attackers to become more aggressive in the penalty area.

He said: "I thought we were outstanding outside the box and I thought we controlled the game. I heard we had 77% possession throughout the game and I thought the final ball and finish was out.

"I'm really frustrated like everybody out there. I thought my back four and midfield were fantastic but I don't think my front four and subs were dangerous enough on the day.

"It's still early days in the league and it's not a bad start. We are a decent side and we showed that today. We have to lick our wounds a bit inside the box because outside it, we were excellent. We just need to add bits that need to be added inside the box.

"We had many waves of attacks and we were unlucky. We can't be too down as we are still work in progress. A point is a point and in this division you can see that the results are topsy-turvy. We have two very difficults away fixtures coming up now and we have to go and get a result from them now."

Amari Morgan-Smith arguably had Latics' best opportunity of the game in the final minute but fired over. "You've got to be aggressive and man enough to finish the ball," explained Johnson. "Amari's done everything right apart from the finish but we are looking for someone to be the hero and there wasn't one today."

Conor Wilkinson made his debut for the club after signing a one-month youth loan and the manager feels there is more to come from the player.

He said: "I thought he did okay. He was smooth and was good on the ball. I've told him that it's not under 21 football now.

"In the under 21s, when the points aren't life or death, sometimes his play was okay but he should have more desire to get in the box and score goals. For his first half hour in League One, I thought he did alright."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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