Vital Football

Latest Oldham Athletic News

League Is The Bread & Butter

League Is The Bread & Butter

Manager Lee Johnson has warned the team about getting too carried away with our Cup exploits this season because our focus has to be on the league.

Speaking to the Official Site as we head into the game tomorrow against Gillingham, Johnson said that whilst the Cup distractions had been brilliant boosts for the club both in terms of lifting and giving confidence to the players and the obvious financial rewards a run in competitions can bring, the players need to replicate their Cup form in what really matters - the league.

'We have a big job to do in the league, we have done well in the Cups with half of our wins coming in those competitions but the league is our bread and butter.'

Johnson says that so far this season, especially given how we have played at points, he's very disappointed with the points tally that we have on the board and simply point, it has to improve and we need to start taking results from games that match our performance and effort levels.

Despite that disappointment though he's not disappointed with where the team are in their development and he's quite comfortable about that, but again he doesn't feel where we are in the 'plan' is reflected by our league form.

He obviously wants that to begin this weekend when we face Gillingham but he knows they will be out to wipe the memories of their FA Cup exit, so we will have to be at our best again to ensure the result we want from the match and the players cannot allow any complacency to creep into their play on the day.

Tomorrows match also marks the end of Joseph Mills' three month loan spell at the club so following the final whistle he will return to his parent club Burnley as he cannot extend the deal or move again now until the January window.

All in he has made 13 appearances for the club during his time with us, and obviously that number would've been greater had it not been for the hamstring injury he sustained.

He said of his time with us.

'I've enjoyed my time here and it has been a good experience. The first two months went really well, but unfortunately in the last one a hamstring injury hampered me. '

He says now that he'll return to Burnley and work hard to try and get into Sean Dyche's plans so he can continue his first team development but come January if that hasn't happened, obviously a conversation will be had and he'll reassess things.

Sounds like he's definitely not ruling out a return if things go that way.

As for other team news.

Jonathan Grounds is back in contention for the match having served his one match suspension. Carl Winchester and Glenn Belezika return following international duty, but Kirk Millar remains out following his recent injury.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday November 22 2013
Time: 8:40PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Oldham Athletic Articles

EFL Goal Of 2016 Contenders Named

Ten EFL professional footballers find themselves nominated for the treasured Goal Of The Year gong for 2016.

More Reliable Than A League 1 Octopus? (21/3/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final League One positions for 2016/17.

EFL League One Team Of 2016 Named

The EFL Awards ceremony is definitely nearing, as is the end of the season, as yesterday saw the three Football League Select XI's of 2016 named.

Safe Standing Takes Another Step

Last weekend the EFL contacted League One and Two clubs and informed them that they had the choice of whether or not to introduce the new 'rail seats' that are a topic...

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Latics
Write For Vital Latics
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

FA - Doncaster MotM
Suggested By: Boundary Lad
Kenny28%
Kusunga2%
Mills5%
Wilson8%
Elokobi5%
Winchester11%
Kelly14%
Philliskirk8%
Johnson2%
Ibehre2%
Forte5%
Sub - Poleon5%
Sub - Morgan-Smith5%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Sheff Utd 38 23 9 6 78 30
2 Bolton 38 21 9 8 72 26
3 Fleetwood 38 19 11 8 68 19
4 Bradford 39 16 18 5 66 16
5 Scunthorpe 39 18 10 11 64 20
6 Southend 38 16 12 10 60 11
7 Millwall 37 16 12 9 60 9
8 Bristol Rovers 39 15 12 12 57 0
9 Oxford 38 16 7 15 55 5
10 Rochdale 37 15 9 13 54 4
11 Walsall 39 13 14 12 53 -2
12 Peterborough 39 14 10 15 52 0
13 Wimbledon 38 12 15 11 51 3
14 Northampton 39 14 7 18 49 -6
15 Charlton 39 10 17 12 47 3
16 MK Dons 38 12 11 15 47 -1
17 Bury 39 12 9 18 45 -7
18 Gillingham 39 11 12 16 45 -16
19 Oldham 39 10 14 15 44 -12
20 Shrewsbury 38 11 10 17 43 -12
21 Port Vale 37 10 11 16 41 -17
22 Swindon 39 9 9 21 36 -19
23 Chesterfield 39 8 9 22 33 -26
24 Coventry 39 6 11 22 29 -28
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Oldham Athletic Results (view all)

Oldham Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Mar 25 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Southend United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Fleetwood Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 15 2017 12:30PM : Bolton Wanderers (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Bristol Rovers (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Rochdale (H)
Sky Bet League One
Write for Vital Football