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Johnson Looking To Cement Play-Off Place

9 February 2015

Manager Lee Johnson takes his side into tomorrow's encounter with Swindon Town full of confidence after an impressive 1-0 away victory against Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

That result propelled Latics into the Sky Bet League One play-off places and the manager has no intention of vacating that position. 

He said: "They have got the best individual players but we have as well. They are beatable if you catch them on the right day and we have to make sure it is our day. It's up to everybody at the club to try and make that happen. 

"We are a side that have a lot of belief in each other. Swindon don't like playing against us and that is for definite because we've had some decent results against them. We have to make sure we are right at it because if you do sit off against them then they will definitely get on top because they have some quality individuals. 

"Swindon are a good side and have players who make good decisions on the ball. I'm sure that they will be comfortable in any environment but we have to take advantage of any situation that we can to level the game off. 

"We are not far off them but they are above us in the league and we have to respect that. We've got to make sure our club imposes ourselves on them."

With the loan window opening tomorrow, the manager has hinted a couple of his players returning from injury could profit from games away from the club. 

"Rhys Turner has come back and looks good so I'm desperate to get him some games somewhere so he will be one to loan out," admitted Johnson. 

"Jordan Bove is coming back from his loan and we'd like Adam Lockwood to get a couple of games but not for too long because we feel he will important for the run in. We will certainly be looking to do a little bit of movement here and there to benefit us going into the last 18 games.

"If we do need someone then we will bring them in. We are always monitoring in the market although we are not completely active at the moment. There is always an opportunity to get people out and bring people in."

Victory tomorrow could put Latics into fifth position and cement a play-off position and the 33-year-old is aiming a consistent run.

"It's a tight division," commented Johnson. "A couple of wins in the little block and you look like you're flying and a couple of losses and you look in trouble. 

"We have to keep our feet on the ground and keep churning out better performances each week. Get rid of the Barnsley type performance and have more of the Notts County and Scunthorpe performances."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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