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Johnson demands instant response

Date published: 18 August 2014

“GO OUT and make something happen” is the instruction Lee Johnson is giving his players ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Port Vale.

Athletic’s manager was dismayed by the way his men “fizzled out” to lose 3-1 at home to Leyton Orient, despite taking the lead through Jonathan Forte’s third goal of the season.

Johnson would like to bring in another two or three players to boost his options — but isn’t hedging his bets that new arrivals will be in place by tomorrow.

What he is sure of is that after only two Sky Bet League One games, there’s no need to panic.

“We are all disappointed and it was a good display in the first half,” said Johnson, who expects to have right-back Brian Wilson available again for the Vale game. “We fizzled out in the second half. It wasn’t fitness, but experience on how to affect a game.

“That is what happens here. You can have youth and quality in abundance, but what you can’t get is the whole package. So we are going to have games like that.

“It isn’t a disaster. We have played two games and have got a point out of them. But we need to go out tomorrow and make sure something happens.”

Johnson is threatening to make changes for the next game. Genseric Kusunga, Danny Philliskirk, James Dayton and William Gros could be called into the side.

Summer recruit Amari Morgan-Smith was set to step up his return to fitness by resuming full training this morning.

“Looking at it, we need another two or three players,” Johnson added. “Whether we can get them is another story.”

ATHLETIC will face Bradford City in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The tie will be played at SportsDirect.com Park on the week beginning Monday, September 1.

TOMASZ Kuszczak is training with Athletic . . . but only as a favour.

Former Manchester United and England star Paul Scholes called manager Lee Johnson to ask if the former Red Devils goalkeeper could join the club’s sessions.

Kuszczak (32), who made 56 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit until two years ago, departed Brighton in the summer and has yet to find himself another home.
“Scholesy asked if we could do him a favour,” Johnson explained. “He (Kuszczak) has trained and has shown a fantastic personality. He is a really good goalkeeper and an old-school character.

“It has been nice and I have enjoyed having him around, but it is not one to get excited about.”


We sadly heard this before Lee, You should understand the football you playing is driving the fans away. Kuszczak no chnce he will sign because we don't have must money in the bank sadly.

Nice to see Paul Scholes ringing up. I wish he had invested in this club.

So do we LJ, go now! It is obvious after Saturday that you don't see the same game as the supporters. You stuck arguably our best player, Winchester, wide right after a good show at centre midfield in the 1st half then took him off! You made two further subs but left the two worst players by a mile (Jones and Kelly) on the field, and as for your other mate Noble well words fail me. The other clubs interested in him must be in Conf. North. Stop bringing in your mates or do the honourable thing

What I find concerning is that out of the 3 games played so far we have only had 4 shots on target and the only ones to come out with any kind of credit on Saturday was Winchester, Jones and Forte although why Forte was hardly given the ball in the 2nd half was a mystery. Defence was abysmal and if we play like that again tomorrow a battering is in store.

went to the game on sat yes some good points(10 mins from 90) poor mindless midfield no threat up front if we lose forte we are well and truly up the swanny we still need a centre falward get rid of clarke harris absolute rubbish

Lee Johnson don't start chopping and changing the team around give them time to gel then let's see what happens. You did that last season and look what happened. For the last ten matches you kept the same team and we scraped home so just let them settle down and work as a team.

After the dismal efforts in the second half there had better be a huge response by the players, barring a couple.

Over the 55 years that I have supported Latics I am amazed at the number of times, between the 45 and 60 minutes, home or away, that we give away silly goals.

Come on Latics lets start the season now,properly, with a win against Port Vale on Tuesday. No excuses.

no chance johnson, two home games for 1 against 6 port vale will score another 3 or 4. you have signed rubbish players again. time you went

Johnson main troubles are playing people in positions they are not familiar with, and his formations are also questionable.. As for Clark-Harris i suggest any of you play as a lone striker when the players around you are not giving you the support needed to play the role with effect. Most are lost and not sure of the roles within the team. Go back to better tried and tested formations they understand and stop playing Philliskirk in midfield.


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