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Johnson: "It Was A Really Professional Away Performance."

18 January 2015

Manager Lee Johnson hailed his team's performance after two second half goals secured victory over Fleetwood Town at Highbury.

Carl Winchester's first goal of the season five minutes into the second half put Latics ahead and Mike Jones' inch-perfect free kick secured all three points for Johnson's men.

Speaking after the game, the gaffer was delighted to have finally ended a run of five games without victory.

He said: "It was a very satisfying victory and a huge relief to the players, the fans and everyone. We really wanted to gift the fans a win, like we said, and we were fantastic. 

"I felt when that final whistle went, it gave me that happy feeling again. We played very well in our last two games and I was pleased with how the players played today. It was a really professional away performance. 

"I'm delighted for the whole club but lets not go overboard. It's a win and we continue in the right direction. We have only got 13 fit players at the moment and Brian Wilson came off so that makes it 12. 

"Locky is not quite there yet but Devante, who has been very impressive, has done well with the first team and might be needed.

"Rachubka pulled off some vital saves at important times which was good. The defence was nice and strong and James Wilson was back to his old self. He was solid and secure."

Liam Kelly's return to the first team after injury has been welcomed by the manager and he singled out praise for him and one of yesterday's goalscorers.

"Kelly was a man mountain and he hates losing, whether it be tiddlywinks, 5-a-side or a first team match. He has a deep desire to win every ball, every tackle and he led the group by example," the gaffer commented.

"Carl Winchester was excellent all 90 minutes and it was a great finish for the goal. He was nice and smooth on the ball and he added the end product. 

"He is a Premier League player if he produces the end product on a regular occasion. I spoke to him about it and I was delighted for him because it had a good effect for him instantly."

A big local derby clash awaits Latics on Tuesday as Rochdale are the visitors to SportsDirect.com Park and it is a game the 33-year-old is looking forward to.

"There is nothing better than going into it with a win," Johnson said. "It brings the league back together for us and puts us back in touch and that's what we want. 

"It gets us away from that back end and pushes in the right half of the table. It's going to be a marathon and we need players because we are light at the moment."

Watch the full interview via Latics Player.

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