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Date online: 12 December 2013

THE mental slate has been wiped clean by Athletic as preparations start for another vitally-important part of the season.

Players and management were back at Boundary Park this morning ahead of the difficult Sky Bet League One game at Brentford on Saturday.

Athletic will do well to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches at Griffin Park - home of a Bees side which has won seven and drawn one of their last eight league games.

The disappointing penalty shoot-out loss to Chesterfield won’t linger, says manager Lee Johnson, who follows up the Brentford trip with a vital FA Cup replay date at Mansfield three days later.

“It’s a big week for us. We have kept our unbeaten run going and we have to continue that now.”

James Dayton remains a doubt for the weekend with an ankle injury, and with fellow winger Sidney Schmeltz seemingly out of favour, it looks like a similar line-up on Saturday for Johnson, who explained his changes for the Spireites’ visit.

“Genseric Kusunga was always going to come back in anyway as he has been excellent,” the manager added.

“James Wesolowski was the same and I felt Ellis Plummer couldn’t quite handle the 90 minutes two or three times in a week. Jonson Clarke-Harris was rested on Saturday for the Chesterfield game.”

Johnson says Athletic must get better at dealing with the tactics thrown up by sides sitting deep.

“We have a reputation as a good footballing side and teams are coming to Boundary Park for a draw,” Johnson added. “We have seen that twice now in the last two games — and both teams have got it.

“We can’t fall to the tempo of the opposition. We have to continue probing and be a bit more clever around the box.”


Give Carl Winchester a chance then LJ you have other players but won't use them .

Just read post on fans forum in chron "23 years of hurt" You are 100% correct in everything you say - We have a backbone of fans from the Royle era who are desperate to see success of any kind but we allways blow it ! Look at the standard of teams from league 1 & 2 that have been to Wembley in those years - We have been better on numerous occasions but still fail. A losing mentality is engrained in the club & this must change - Fans patience & money only go so far !!!

2 much backward passing from the centre of the park. We're were against a team that was sitting back and yet our passing was going backward. We have to attack, players need to be able to take their opponent on. The ball need to be moved forward and the players need to be moving forward and looking for the space. Clarke-harris wasn't getting back enough and winning the ball from people he's got strength and power he has to put him self about more on the pitch. we need a lift come on latics


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