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Gaffer Rues Missed Play-Off Chance

4 February 2015

Manager Lee Johnson was disappointed with his side's performance after losing 1-0 against Barnsley last night.

Kane Hemmings' early strike ensured Latics missed out on the chance to move into the Sky Bet League One play-off places and the manager admitted his disappointment after the game.

He said: "It was a very mediocre game and the performance from both teams was mediocre. They scored the goal which was disappointing from our point of view because it was their only decent chance of the game. It was an edgy game played on a not so great pitch. It wasn't conducive to football and that's just the way it is now with the weather. we've got to adapt. 

"It was a game of very few chances and it was a bit dull if I'm completely honest. We have had a good week. We just can't go the extra mile when we need to pull out a result to get us somewhere. It could be a little bit of inexperience but they are learning and we are still well in the game. We had a lot of possession, we huffed and puffed, but couldn't get anything out of the game."

Johnson heaped praise on his captain but felt his players should have followed his example. "I thought Liam Kelly was outstanding today in his desire and I think a lot of the players have to have a look at that and use that," the gaffer commented. 

"He is the captain and leading by example, other players need to be thinking what they have to do to get their best game out."

Latics forward Danny Philliskirk was forced off in the second half with injury but the manager is hopeful he will be fine.

"It's just a whack for Danny," said the 33-year-old. "He is disappointed he didn't get a card for it but hopefully we can get the swelling down and he will be alright for Saturday."

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