Lee Johnson has given a final preview ahead of our visit to Stadium MK today and he’s hoping to get a drink after the game this time!
“It’s an unusual situation. As managers, we didn’t share a drink after the game on Tuesday. It was almost like a game of poker! I think it’s a really interesting psychology, and I’ve discussed it with the players. It gives them (MK Dons) the opportunity to create a cause, but it’s a completely different game and history has no bearing on this particular match. The psychology has to be that we play our own game. We have to get control as much as possible, whether that be on or off the ball, knowing that they’re very good on the ball. That become a concentration piece really. The last game doesn’t really have a bearing, apart from maybe that we understand the flow of the opposition, just as they will understand how we play moving into the game.”
LJ ON THE CHRIS MAGUIRE SITUATION
"He's in the squad, he's travelling. We couldn't get him on the pitch Tuesday night but if I'd had a sixth sub I would have. He's an important player, as every player still in the building is. Now what we've got is a period where everybody knows the uncertainty of the window has gone, this is the group now and everyone within that has got to fire us to success. Everybody, including the younger players, has to be switched on for when they are wanted and needed for first-team selection."
LJ ON THE KYRIL LOUIS-DREYFUS TAKEOVER
"All that stuff will take care of itself - even though I truly believe it’s definitely on the right path and it is just dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.”
LJ ON THE PROS AND CONS OF EFL TROPHY. (LINCOLN (H) IN THE SEMI)
"I think it depends on how many players you've got fit and available. For sure we had it at Bristol City, it was a great moment for us when we got to the semi-final of the Carabao Cup and lost to Manchester City, but at the same time off the back of it we ended up with nine injuries because it was so intense. They were actually mainly contact injuries but it was difficult, it's just the sheer force of the number of games. Today, as we speak, I don't think it's going to affect us and I think it's a positive for us. I think our squad is big enough that we need players to have something to look forward to and while they know it's Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, I will use the squad rotation if I believe that player can help us go and win the game. You've only got to look at Josh Scowen on Tuesday; to me he look tired in that 20 minute spell in the first half, so we made a decision to protect him and made an early change. I still maintain the belief, and it might be wrong, but I feel like when we play the long game over a period of time, even though the moments might not suit us, I believe that our strength in depth will come to the fore. So I think it's so important that we keep everyone lifted and motivated, knowing that we rate them and fancy them. The vibe is good at the moment, we've got more and more competition, and you've got to be as powerful as you can be."
ELLIOT EMBLETON ON JOINING BLACKPOOL ON LOAN
“I can’t wait to get started. It’s a good chance to show what I’m about and get some more game time. I found out I could go out on loan on deadline day and I managed to get something sorted pretty quickly. Fortunately, it was with a good club like Blackpool. As soon as I knew they would take me, I was jumping at the chance. I’ve had a few starts here and there (for Sunderland) but it’s been a bit stop-start. With Covid as well, that’s made things difficult. I’m just hoping to get a run of games and show everyone what I can do. I know one of the lads at Blackpool really well in Ethan Robson. I’ve played with him for a number of years now, since I was 17 really, up to now where I’ve joined him at Blackpool.”