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Johnson Responds To Replay Requirement

Manager Lee Johnson wasn't best pleased that Oldham now need a replay in order to progress to the next round of the FA Cup this season, admitting that we just didn't do enough against Mansfield to have deserved the win.

Speaking to the BBC following the one all draw that actually saw us take the early lead, before they equalised, the gaffer explained that he was very disappointed because although he couldn't quite fault the effort the players put in, we just didn't get the breaks, the quality wasn't right and our decision making was off for him.

'We didn't do enough, I don't think anybody didn't try - they're good players individually and I actually want the best for them. Sometimes I'm hard on them but really I love them all and I'm desperate for them to be the best they can be.'

Clearly this was one of those days where he felt a bit of tough love was required, but if you set standards you have to maintain them don't you.

'When they fall short, I get upset.'

Should we now get through the replay, we have been drawn against Liverpool again. This will be the third successive season we have been drawn against them and the third round game will take place at Anfield on the weekend of January 4/5th 2014.

Speaking to the Official Site to give his reaction to the draw, Johnson said he was relishing the chance to take them to the lads to the historic stadium and of course we will be bouyed by previous encounters against them.

We do however have to perform slightly better at the next time of asking against Mansfield in round two.

This time round, and another reason why Johnson hopes the tie - should it come off for us - will be screened is that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could well see his son Anton lining up for us, and that family connundrum could be a corker in our managers' eyes having had one or two against his own father.

'It would also be useful to have a spy in the camp!' he quipped given that Anton still lives with his folks so should it happen I do wonder if they'll be a team of security experts blocking access to various parts of the house!

As said though, a replay against Mansfield is the first order of business and that has been set for Tuesday December 17th and will kick off at 7.45pm.

This game has been selected for screening by BT Sport and Oldham have received an all ticket allocation of 1400.

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Date:Tuesday December 10 2013

Time: 10:39PM


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