Lee Johnson admits pressure still on Oldham Athletic to get valuable point needed to secure League One future

By Kim Richards

Oldham Athletic boss Lee Johnson admitted the heat of securing League One status is still on until his side move mathematically safe from the threat of relegation.

Latics need to collect one point from their three remaining games to ensure safety, starting with the visit of Crawley Town on Saturday.

And Johnson plans to use tomorrow to build on the back-to-back victories against Bury and Yeovil Town.

“The pressure remains very much on,” he said. “There are five games which can seal our fate either way and three of them are in our own hands.

“We have to make sure we take our chance, get over the line and secure League One status for next season.

“It would nice to achieve safety tomorrow in our last home game of the season so the players get a good send off from our crowd.

“Which, they will get, if we collect the required number of points to stay in the division.

Newly-promoted Crawley – playing their first game at Boundary Park – have so far impressed the 31-year-old.

“They are a good side and they have settled well in this division having won promotion,” Johnson said.

“And next season I fully expect them to push for the top six properly, even though they have flirted with it this season.

“But let’s get our performances right and finish the season on a high to take us into next season.”

Meanwhile, Latics’ 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Yeovil Town has been named as the F&C Investments Performance of the Week.

It is the first time this season that Oldham have won the award which is given out every week by the League Managers’ Association’s five-man Performance of the Week panel.

Currently the judging panel consists of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Dave Bassett, Barry Fry and Latics legend Joe Royle.

Manager Lee Johnson will receive a special engraved crystal football for masterminding the win over his father Gary.

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