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Johnson Calling On Supporters To Back Team

9 January 2015

Manager Lee Johnson has issued a rallying call to supporters ahead of this weekend's clash with Doncaster Rovers.

Attentions turn to the football field tomorrow as Latics take on former manager Paul Dickov and his Rovers side for the third time this season.

Latics were 2-0 victors back in August but were knocked out of the FA Cup last month after a late own goal sent the visitors through to the next round of the competition.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's clash with Doncaster, Johnson said: "We always need the fans and they are always with us. I have no doubt in my mind that our fans will be 100% behind us like they are always." 

Johnson's men have not played since the Boxing Day fixture with Crewe and he believes the break will have benefitted his players.

"We are well rested after our 12 days off and we have judged it really well in training. We have hit the ones with a bit extra which was needed to get back up to speed with the others and the ones that have had a lot of games were given a rest. We are looking forward to the game.

"Doncaster are flying at the moment but we have good players at the club and they will get it. We played well at Crewe but didn't get the result. I have to stay calm and positive because it is all to play for so let's go and do it," continued the gaffer.

"They are on a really good run and on a really good run. It will be an interesting game. They have beaten us already this season but we beat them earlier in the season so it will be a good game.

"We have 24 games left this season and it is massive for us so we need to bring extra players in to help us. We want to try and achieve something this season and we feel we can."

The manager gave an update to captain Liam Kelly: "I will definitely add him to the squad as we are very low on numbers at the moment. 

"Kelly is an integral part of our club so we will make sure he gets into our squad as a support if not anything else," said Johnson.

Watch the full interview via Latics Player. 

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