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Johnson: "We Are Pushing To Get A Couple Of Players In."

22 January 2015

Manager Lee Johnson believes adding a couple of players to his squad could be the difference between playing Championship football or League One football next season.

With the squad whittled down to only 20 professionals after five loanees returned to their parent clubs at the start of the month, Johnson wants to add a couple of players to fire his side into the play off positions.

He said: "We are pushing to get a couple of players in. We have a good squad anyway but light numbers but we go to Gillingham on the back of a win against Fleetwood on Saturday which is good. We are happy with our squad but we just want to add that little bit of quality. 

"We have the stadium, the training facilities, in a great hub, have good contacts to pick up loan players and good players at the football club. Them boys sat in the dressing room think they are good enough to be in the Championship and it is up to them to prove it. 

"There is a lot that needs to happen to make that dream a reality but we just have to continue and people can see we are progressing. If we don't make it this year then we will be stronger next year to have another go because we will have seven or eight core players and add a bit more quality."

The team will travel to Gillingham tomorrow morning, training on the way, for Saturday's game and the manager is wary of the home side's threats.

"They have a lot of good players. I particularly like Dack who plays in the number 10 role. He's got ability and one that we have to watch for sure. The manager has come in on a caretaker spell and he knows the club and the league well. He is a little tough nut and his team plays like that," commented Johnson.

"It will be a tough game and we know that. We went down there last year and did really well even with the incident with Kusunga being sent off so we need to make sure we don't get intimidated by their good crowd."

With only six points separating 15th and fifth place, the Sky Bet League One table is proving to be a very tight division. "It is going to be a league within a league. We would have to beat all the top four to have a chance of pegging them back but certainly fifth and sixth spots are available," the 33-year-old said.

"I believe you have to look up and put yourself under pressure to chase that leading pack and I believe that is what we have to do. We have only drawn one and won one but we feel our performance level has been good enough to start another little run and that's what we are trying to do. 

"It will be fine margins whoever gets in there. It could swing on referee decisions or mistakes or anything so you just have to be consistent. We know we have a team to compete against anybody when the mentality and attitude is right and that's we are aiming for."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player. 

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