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Johnson: "It Was A Massively Disappointing Defeat."

22 February 2015

Manager Lee Johnson felt his side deserved more from yesterday's game despite falling to a 3-0 defeat to Leyton Orient.

Andrea Dossena and David Mooney gave the O's the half time lead but Latics responded well in the second half. 

Johnson's men created chance after chance, before being awarded a penalty. Top scorer Jonathan Forte stepped up but saw his spot-kick saved. 

As Latics threw everything forward, Orient caught them on the break and Jay Simpson rounded off the scoring.

Speaking after the game, Johnson said: "It was a massively disappointing defeat but I didn't think it was a 3-0. I thought we were excellent in the second half and gave it right go. 

"We got the penalty and if you don't score that then everything goes wrong. Mills came off injured and George went off after 15 minutes. We conceded an early goal and it's massively disappointing but I don't think it's as bad as the score suggests. 

"I think we could have got back in it because I thought we played some great football in the second half. I said to them in the dressing room that it's disappointing because I love them all, they are good lads and they all worked hard but there was a soft underbelly today.

"The players are scratching their head a little bit. We have 15 games to go and we are still in it so we will not give up. We have probably got to get eight or nine wins in that time and we take each game as it comes. 

"I thought our fans were brilliant all game. A lot came and I was surprised by how many came. They never stopped singing and I think they felt we gave it a go in the second half. They were frustrated in the end because it was 3-0 and that's understandable."

The manager looked to pick out the positives from the game and was full of praise for a certain midfielder. "I thought Carl Winchester was Premier League class today," he admitted. "That was a real shining light for us.

"I couldn't be too harsh with too many individuals. I thought Liam Kelly, bar the penalty, was good. James Wilson was good and there were some good performances out there but it just didn't fall for us."

Johnson was forced into two changes during the game and he gave an update on their injuries. The 33-year-old said: "George has got a pull and so has Millsy so we are going to have to soldier on. 

"We will assess them but it's not ideal for them to get at this stage of the season. Connor Brown came on for Mills and I thought for the first 20 minutes he was superb. He was nice and bright and he gave us the energy we needed."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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