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Johnson Anticipates Tough Encounter

5 February 2015

Manager Lee Johnson believes Saturday's clash with Scunthorpe United will prove to be a tough test for his side.

Since the arrival of Mark Robins as manager, the Iron have propelled themselves out of the relegation places and in with a chance of the play-off places. 

Robins strengthened his squad in the January transfer window and Johnson is wary of the threats they pose.

He said: "They are in an extremely false position in the league. They are a very good side, spent a lot of money and brought in some good players. 

"They have the new lad from Holland who will come over this weekend and be involved so it's all positive for them. We have good players ourselves and at this club, we are up and down. 

"One minute we think we are the world's best and the next we are useless and the fact is we are neither. We just have to continue on the straight round and try and produce our best on a game-by-game basis."

With a good following expected from Oldham Athletic supporters on Saturday, the manager paid tribute to the 686 supporters that made the trip to Barnsley in midweek. 

"I have to say I thought they were great on Tuesday. They moaned a bit but I have no problem with that because I was moaning five times as worse in the dressing room," commented Johnson.

"I thought they were fantastic. What we asked for, they gave us. They gave us the 90 minutes and then voiced their opinion at the end which was fair. It wasn't over the top, it was just fair. 

"I was disappointed for them as well because it was a great travelling bunch but we go again as always. The spirit of this club is what's great about it and a thousand at Scunthorpe will be great so let's turn it into a Fleetwood."

The 33-year-old has interesting selection issues ahead of the game but it might come too soon for one of his new signings.

"Rhys Murphy has a slight groin strain that he picked up for Dagenham and he came off after 25 minutes," admitted the gaffer. "We just have to assess that and trust the physio and let him tell me when he's ready."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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