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Lee backs Latics to come good

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 19 August 2014

AMARI Morgan-Smith could make a shock debut for Athletic tonight.

The 25-year-old former Kidderminster Harriers forward has yet to play for the club in a competitive game du e to a month out with a knee injury.

But manager Lee Johnson could hand the ex-Luton and Macclesfield man a role on the substitutes’ bench as Athletic look for their first win of the season against Port Vale at SportsDirect.com Park. Brian Wilson (groin injury) is only a 50-50 shot to play.

“Of course we are disappointed,” Johnson said, referring to a run which has brought a point at Colchester and defeats at home to Middlesbrough and Leyton Orient.

“But you can look at the stats the way you want to. Are we three without a win, or have we lost one in 12?

Johnson says it will take some time for his new recruits to come good.

“We have another new group of players and we have got to dig in. It is hardly a crisis. If you are 10 league games without a win, then you have a big problem.

“All of the players have shown good form at certain times already. Jonson Clarke-Harris was excellent in the first half against Leyton Orient, Jonathan Forte has shown what he can do and Liam Kelly played really well at Colchester before having two not-so-good performances at home.

“We are forging a new side with new players and there will be ups and downs. As a manager, you have to keep your feet on the ground — just as I would be if we had won our first two league games.”

Comments

Sorry to join the negatives, but is it wise to bring in yet another unfit player with hardly any games to his credit this season.
Looks like there's something not right with players fitness or lack of staying power for a full 90 minutes so far.

And sad to say with Lockwood out the team looks like ship that's lost it's rudder, can one man make such a difference?

And amazingly the Commander in Chief nearly committed hari kari on the touchline during the Orient match.

Oh dear this is all so sad.

Need 3 points tonight to lift this gloom.

It is a new team that needs to settle and the sooner they gel together the better.

Arghh stop LJ going on about the end of last season results this has no relevance. We are in 2014-15 season that's all that matters.
So it's no wins in 3 and 2 home losses (100%) I am sick of seeing us beaten at home and absolutely dire at throw in's and corners.
9 players in from dubious sources i.e. lower status to Latics last season are hardly a reason for optimism.
All that said I will be there again hoping!

JCH was excellent in the first half, well Lee you must have rose tinted glasses on , JCH was not putting the effort in same against middlesboro, if your not going to give 100% then in my mind they dont deserve to wear the shirt full stop.

One man does not make a team, and has been no real shakes so far in his career!, give Clarke-Harris the support and he will do his share of scoring. that means having a midfield and wide men that do their jobs so the front men can do theirs.

oldham scotland, we are getting loads of balls into the box and JCH is never on the end of them same at corners and free kicks.The last proper striker we had was lee hughes.

 

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