Date: 24th November 2015 at 12:14pm
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Manager Lee Johnson and Conor Hourihane have again spoken about victory over Oldham, but also their hopes we can keep that going tonight against Peterborough.

Beginning with the gaffer, he told the Official Site that with a lift in confidence from the last result, the aim would be to impose ourselves on the opposition.

‘It`s a nice feeling to come away with three points and enjoy the weekend for once. 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.’

Moving onto tonight’s game more specifically he went on to say that we had no fresh injury concerns, so we are just missing Josh Scowen and Ryan Williams from the group.

With seven loan signings in the ranks, two will be missing as well as Football League rules stipulate we can only include five.

‘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. I can`t say for definite and we`ll have to see how he reacts to a full week’s training.’

Adding about the opposition.

‘They`ve been flying since Westley went in. 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.’

Moving onto Hourihane, his message following the win was very much of relief as well, but equally that we couldn’t lose focus for this encounter.

‘It was very satisfying to win and much needed. In the first half we played well and the game should have been done and dusted by half time. We were disappointed to concede but we got that little bit of luck on Saturday that we haven`t been getting. It was a big goal and a big win that we needed. I felt that during the losing run we`ve created chances which we haven`t taken and that was the same on Saturday. We went 1-0 up and we were comfortable, but conceding was disappointing. We stuck at it though and their ‘keeper will be disappointed but luckily Longy was there to smash it in. I thought I was due a goal, I had been injured which was frustrating. I could have had one the week before against Port vale but to see one go in was pleasing, it was important to start leading in games.’

Despite the losing run Hourihane said that he didn’t feel morale within the group had suffered but obviously returning to winning ways was a boost for everyone.

‘I know we`re a young squad but it doesn`t seem to get as down as it could. The run we were on was hurting everyone but it`s on to the next one now. Peterborough are a good side and they had a good win at the weekend. It`ll be a good game and we`re going in with some confidence now so hopefully we can get a result. Anyone can beat anyone in this league. Whoever is the most consistent is at the top, but hopefully Tuesday is our day and we go there and pick up the three points.’

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