Lee: Family ties were on hold

Lee Johnson admitted family ties were put aside for 90 minutes as Oldham earned a vital 1-0 win against his father Gary's Yeovil.

Last Updated: 17/04/13 at 13:57

Gary and Lee Johnson: Father and son

Gary and Lee Johnson: Father and son

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Lee's Latics are now all but guaranteed survival in League One, but defeat was a major blow to Yeovil's automatic promotion hopes.

The Johnsons were only the second father and son duo in Football League history - and the first since the early 1970s - to come up against each other in management.

Oldham striker Matt Smith settled a closely-fought contest, heading home Lee Croft's corner in first-half injury time for his 10th goal of the season. Lee Johnson, the league's youngest manager at 31, said: "This is a fantastic result for us and we deserved it.

"Any team managed by my old man is going to give you a tough game and I hope Yeovil go up through the play-offs.

"We had a little cuddle at the end and I felt for him because he was upset with the result, but for us it's all about three big points.

"During the game I didn't think once about him being my dad, but we will probably spend some time together tomorrow (Wednesday) unless I decide to play in our reserve game.

"There was a big build-up beforehand and a lot of attention on the two of us, but really I was more focused on getting the lads ready.

"The players didn't half work hard and I knew we would score from a set-piece because we had a good 20 inches in hand on Yeovil if you add up all the players. We have a great chance of staying up now and one point will do it, but we won't be complacent."

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