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Johnson on Colchester spying mission

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 09 April 2014

LEE Johnson will watch Athletic’s next opponents this weekend as he looks for a chink in their armour.

Colchester — who play Athletic on April 18 — are at Stevenage in a relegation ‘six-pointer’ on Saturday - a likely tense game, with Boro at the foot of the table and the Us only out of the drop zone on goal difference.

For Athletic’s manager, a DVD of the game isn’t as useful as being there.

He hopes his Broadhall Way expedition will lead to off-camera clues that will help Latics to victory. Colchester have lost their last four league matches.

“It is a bit of a journey, but every game I have seen live this season we have followed with a win,” he said. “You see things you just don’t see on video, not just technical details but also mindset and fitness. You may spot that a player starts to tire after 70 minutes, in which case you can target him.”

Meanwhile, Crawley continue to struggle and were seen off 1-0 at Brentford last night. Crawley are 17th in the table, a point behind Athletic with seven fixtures left.

Athletic hope to have Genseric Kusunga, David Mellor and Joel Byrom back from injury and illness for the Easter programme, while Anton Rodgers’ recovery from knee surgery may see him return for the final two matches of the campaign.

Comments

beat colchester we will be staying up, do your home work on them properly.

Or it's detention and 500 lines, young Johnson!!!

LJ it looks like we may stay up but for most of the season thats gone has been one of the poorest seasons I've experienced for a long time. Before I buy a season ticket what's the plans for next season new stand or not. I for one being a fan don't want to sit all season watching the poor and I mean poor football we've had to experience this season and just because we have an nice new stand to look at will make everything all right

its been poor after a promising start but if micah Richards goes to Liverpool or elsewhere in the summer and lj gets a few quid then things should improve next year.

 

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