Fans can see we are on right track – Lee

Date published: 01 September 2014

ATHLETIC boss Lee Johnson believes most Athletic fans support him following a much-needed first victory of the season.

Now on five points from as many games played and having clambered out of the early relegation zone, Johnson believes groundwork has been prepared for better results.

But after seeing off Doncaster, the manager said fans might need to be patient while the side full of new players continues to become a team.

“I think it’s a bit harsh, the stick,” said Johnson. “I understand the frustration, but sometimes people have to look at the bigger picture.

“We are having to build again. I think the majority trust that I will spend the time on the training ground and will give everything for the club.”

Johnson made tactical alterations in the line-up for Saturday’s game, which was otherwise the same as against Preston the week before.

“There were minor tweaks — and certain major ones,” he said, without going into detail.

“We have got a good coaching team here and work our socks off reviewing absolutely everything. It’s paid off. I am pleased for the players and for the staff, as it has been a tough couple of weeks.”

One man worthy of special praise following the 2-0 win was George Elokobi.

Temporarily forced off the pitch by a clash of heads with Doncaster’s Rob Jones, he returned with a head bandage over a stitched wound and continued to perform strongly.

He could be rested tomorrow for the first round Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Bradford.