Johnson fires Preston salvo
Date published: 21 August 2014
ATHLETIC head to Preston with “no doubt” they can come away with a win.
Manager Lee Johnson liked what he saw from his emerging side in the midweek home draw with Port Vale, even though the final push to convert heavy second-half pressure into three points was missing.
Johnson saw signs that key men are stepping into form at the right time.
And having beaten last season’s play-off semi-finalists Preston at Deepdale last year — albeit in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy — he is aiming for a repeat.
“Mike Jones and Liam Kelly did well, Jonson Clarke-Harris caused them problems and Danny Philliskirk did what we are after from him,” said Johnson of the Vale game.
“The two centre-halves (James Wilson and George Elokobi) looked much more solid and secure and Paul Rachubka looked a lot more confident as well.
“There’s no doubt we can get something there. We have proved that before in the past.”
The manager hinted once again at further signings. A winger and a forward are likely to top the shopping list and loan signings are a possibility, with groundwork already underway.
ATHLETIC’S first-round tie against Bradford City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy has been confirmed for Tuesday, September 2 (7.30pm kick-off) at SportsDirect.com Park.
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