Date: 11th September 2015 at 8:50pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has given his thoughts ahead of this weekend’s game against Swindon Town.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game in his usual pre match press conference, Johnson said that we had everybody fit and raring to go other than Michael Smith as obviously as part of his loan deal from Swindon is that he’s ineligible for the game against his parent club.

Having had a good week on the training pitch with no midweek encounter, Johnson said he felt we were in a good place now to kick on and the extra time on the pitch he thought had been very useful for the players.

‘This week was needed. We had Monday off to let players settle. There are lots of new players and they needed to move into apartments or go home and collect their own clothes as we`ve got some living in hotels!’

With the week being of benefit there, Johnson did say that having had more time uninterrupted to train, he did feel the games coming thick and fast had been good for us and will stand us in good stead fitness wise moving forward through the season.

‘The lads are fine fitness wise. All the games are now a positive because they have got those minutes in the bag. We`ve been working really hard on communication which is important for them. The younger section of society are good at communicating and I will be picking a team that can do that.’

With a late disappointing defeat to Shrewsbury in the last game, Johnson went on to say that spirits had been kept high in the group over the week and he confirmed a behind closed doors friendly against Lincoln as well.

‘We had a match against Lincoln in the week which I played in myself. The reason behind that was to help the midfield with talking to each other. I had detailed conversations with all the midfield throughout the game. They are great players but I wanted to give them that guidance.’

Ryan Williams also got a run out in the friendly, with Johnson adding.

‘Ryan is looking very good. He got 45 minutes and looked sharp, he even scored a goal. Whilst he looks free and fluent, we need to get him involved.’

Going into the weekend’s game against Swindon more specifically, he went on to explain that he was confident results and performances would come for us given the work we are putting in.

‘The group are young and new. What we`re doing now is essentially a pre-season. Not in terms of fitness but tactics and integration wise it`s happening now. If the team was together for two years you don`t concede the goals we have and that`s the side of the game we need to fast track. They`re a good side with good players, but they have lost some from last season. They have a lot of talented youngsters which is similar to us so it will be a difficult game, but if we do what we know we can do we can get a result.’

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