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‘Keep that winning buzz’: Lee Johnson wants momentum built for Oldham Athletic’s relegation battle

By Kim Richards

New Oldham Athletic boss Lee Johnson is taking a ‘just keep going’ mentality for his players as he hopes to ensure League One action next season.

Oldham visit Shrewsbury Town, whose own future is not secure as they flirt with the drop zone, knowing another win is likely to provide more joy for the young manager.

Johnson led Latics out of the relegation zone with a midweek victory over fellow strugglers Hartlepool United, but is urging his players not to get ahead of themselves.

“It is good if you’re winning and everyone’s buzzing and you’ve got the momentum, then you can’t wait for the next game but if you get some bad results then suddenly it becomes a drag,” Johnson told the club website.

“We need to just keep going, we had a good game, we just need to keep the hammer to the floor now starting with Shrewsbury.

“I’ve loved it, the response from the players which is most important, has been really good they have been sharp lively and really enthusiastic which as a manager is all you can ask for.

“It’s been a whirlwind four days but we’re looking forward to the game now.”

The 31-year-old continued to thanks his side for the positive reception received since his appointment on Monday.

“I’m pleased with the group’s application and definitely mindset, the little shouts in the dressing room are keeping me going because obviously I’m new to it all!” said Johnson.

“In 12 months time I see us hopefully totally bedded down, with more people in the stand, playing nice attractive football, and punching above our weight.”

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