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Johnson: "We Were United As A Club."

11 January 2015

Manager Lee Johnson bemoaned dropping points at home but could not fault his players for their efforts.

Jabo Ibehre and George Elokobi had given Latics a 2-0 advantage before Joseph Mills saw red on 75 minutes.

Nathan Tyson controversially pulled a goal back for Rovers ten minutes from time before James Coppinger stuck in the last minute of additional time to bring the scores level.

After the game, Johnson said: "I'm disappointed, of course, because it feels like two points dropped. I do think that it was important it was a club day today and everything about us showed that we were united as a club. 

"You never really rest on your laurels and make sure you close it out, which we didn't. There were a few disappointing aspects of seeing the goals we conceded but we have stopped the rot if you like. We have to look for positives on a day like this and there were many.

"I would say it was even-steven in the first half but we scored the goal on the break. It was a great finish by Jabo and I was delighted for him because it is really important for him to get the goal for all his hard work and I was glad he got man of the match. 

"The club and fans really stuck together and we were undone by something that is not football. We continue now and look to kick on."

The gaffer reserved special mention for players but was happy to have captain Liam Kelly back in the fold. "I thought he was excellent," he admitted.

"Mike Jones, George Elokobi, James Wilson, Brian Wilson were all excellent as well. There were many good performances out there and that's what they needed as individuals. 

"That's two good performances now on the spin. Sadly only a point to show for it but we could have had more."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player. 

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