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Thatís more like it, lads

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 20 August 2014

ALMOST everything was right except the result for Athletic manager Lee Johnson last night, as Port Vale escaped from SportsDirect.com Park with a point.

Tom Pope's early header was cancelled out by a James Wilson leveller in the second half of a clash in which the home team dominated for large spells.

Johnson admitted he is still looking for more attacking sparkle – hinting that it should come from signings still in the offing.

“We won the game today, in my opinion – but drew on the scoreboard,” said the manager, after taking a second point from three League One matches to put the club in 21st spot ahead of Saturday's game at Preston.

“I was really pleased with the lads; they showed good effort. It wasn't easy, coming up against a team that was flying. Our crowd turned on us for a little spell - they have to realise that at the moment with the way things are, we are an underdog in most games.

“We need that underdog spirit and when the crowd is whipped up here it is a great place to play in.

“But I was pleased with the character. We bossed the game from start to finish. I am disappointed, obviously, not to get the three points, but pleased with the performance. Keep playing like that and we will shoot up the league.

“Our back four looked much more solid, which was good as we had to cram in a lot of work on that,” he added. “They had been coming in for quite a bit of stick from me.”

As well as last season's play-off semi-finalists Preston, who drew 1-1 at Doncaster last night, Athletic are away to Paul Dickov's Rovers before taking on current division leaders Fleetwood at home.

“People will write us off already in the next couple of fixtures but we know that playing like that, we will go and get results,” said Johnson.

Comments

Sorry Lee the jury is out now. Buying your old team mates and hoping they will do well has got to work and QUICk. I don't want another season like last year whereby it goes to the wire. Talking a good game has to work on the pitch, all the players are now your own, you have to take responsibility if it doesn't work.. We can play the most attractive football but results count.!

I agree, generally better than Saturday. Defence does not seem to have a leader, yes they played well but no one took any responsibility when Pope scored. Three players caught ball watching instead of attacking it, will they ever learn? Again Jones proved he hasn't got it and Kelly was only marginally better than Saturday. Why does LJ persist in playing Winchester out of position? He is no winger, play him centre midfield like Saturday first half and watch him florish!

I've said it before. Get videos of Wimbledon FC from the 90's, scrapping to get the ball into the back of the net, fighting to win the second ball, throwing themselves into headers, dangerous whipped in inswinging free kicks. I'm not saying we should try and emulate their long ball game, by no means, however we should try and take on elements of that 'do or die' offensive bite that they had. If Latics can be totally ruthless and unwavering in the quest for goals we will get the victories.

Yet still, the morons on Twitter, moan and moan and moan...ad infinitum. Some people just love to roll in pessimism. In fact, I'm sure that 99% of the so-called Latics fans that post on Twitter, are not actually fans at all.

Three games in and, apparently, the Latics are doomed to relegation. You just couldn't make it up.

not sure what peoples issues are with jones,he looks to get foreword and carry the ball foreword. but I suppose if there were Korey smith critics last year, then every one is in for a tough time in this team. Unfortunately Kelly looks like a rabbit in the headlights and is struggling for confidence and the sort of sharpness required.

Missing a leader, missing a winner, missing a driving force..................hurry back ADAM LOCKWOOD

 

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