Johnson: Latics earning praise

Lee Johnson revealed he has received plenty of support from senior figures in the football world about the job he is doing at Oldham.

Last Updated: 13/09/13 at 10:29

Lee Johnson: Receiving encouragement

Lee Johnson: Receiving encouragement

On paper, Latics' start to the season under the 32-year-old has been far from inspiring with four defeats in six League One games.

However, Johnson believes that statistic is not indicative of his side's quality in those contests and they received widespread acclaim for their performance in front of the television cameras on Monday night when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Preston.

Speaking ahead of their meeting with Rotherham this Saturday, Johnson said: "I had probably 15 phone calls from people in football, top people in football as well, that phoned me or sent me text messages (after Monday night) saying, 'Your side was magnificent, don't be too hard on them. Keep playing the way you are and the club will shoot themselves up the table and into a higher division'.

"It means we've made an impression on the football world which is nice.

"But you don't want to be brave losers you want to be brave winners and we've got to make sure we turn my own tag around."

Johnson has called on his side to be "more savvy" as they make an effort to turn performances into points.

He added: "They need to know that we lack that little bit of savvy and need to start thinking about it, really, and visualising how they're going to react in situations."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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