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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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Sorry LJ but were you at the same game as my wife and myself on Saturday? How you can say Jones and Kelly did well beggars belief. They were appalling against Orient and Kelly was only marginally better on Tuesday. Take your rose coloured spectacles off and see your ex playing colleagues for what they are-poor quality journeymen players.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA “no doubt” they can come away with a win at Preston. Funniest thing I've heard for a long time, please keep the jokes coming lol.


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