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Johnson: We Must Impose Our Strengths on Posh

23 November 2015

Lee Johnson spoke to the press ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Peterborough United. After the weekend’s dramatic late win against Oldham Athletic, Johnson was keen to ensure that the squad remained focused on Tuesday’s match. The Reds Head Coach gave his thoughts about the game away at The Posh. “It’s a nice feeling to come away with three points and enjoy the weekend for once.” Said Johnson. “But straight away the focus moves to Tuesday. I’m really pleased for everyone at the club to get the monkey off the back and get the win. “I felt we had enough opportunities in the game to win a couple! At half time we should have come in at least one goal better off than we were. When they scored there were ten minutes left and they were in the ascendency for a couple of minutes, but I felt we could catch them on the counter. “It was thoroughly deserved. We took some abuse as you’d expect and it was nice to get the win. It’s no different to any other three points though.” Johnson gave team news ahead of tomorrow’s trip to London Road, with special mention to Saturday’s match-winner Kevin Long. There are no fresh injury concerns as Josh Scowen remains absent with a long term injury as well as Ryan Williams still being out. The Reds currently have seven loan signings as well, meaning two of those will be absent for the trip to Peterborough due to Football League rules of only being allowed to have five loan players in the match-day squad. “Kevin (Long) had been out for a while with a knee injury, and mentally he’ll come out of that feeling much better because he knows his knee can deal with icy conditions. He was mentally and physically very strong. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on Ryan Williams but we’re aiming to see if he can affect from the bench on Saturday (against Sheffield United). I can’t say for definite and we’ll have to see how he reacts to a full week's training.” Looking forward to the game at London Road, the Reds Head Coach discussed the match. “They’ve been flying since Westley went in.” Stated Johnson. “He’s a solid character and a consistent chap to get results and they have a young team similar to us with a lot of energy. They pulverised Crewe at the weekend which may lead to some complacency, so we’ll have to capatalise on it. “You can’t fear their form. If you go in doing that you’re in trouble, you have to impose your strengths on them.The two squads are quite similar but we’ve got players who have probably got a bit more experience. It will be a good game for the neutral I think as both teams will go out to win the game.

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