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Johnston: We've Got Something To Play For

Defender aims to keep pushing as Whites search for another home win

22 February 2022

George Johnston is aiming to keep Wanderers on a roll and the season very much alive for Ian Evatt’s men.

Wanderers will be chasing a sixth successive home win when they face Lincoln City at the University of Bolton Stadium tonight (Tuesday).

That run of form has helped propel the Whites to the fringes of the League One play-off race,

And Johnston is happy to be part of the chasing pack.

“You always want something to play for and at the moment we have,” said the Wanderers’ defender.

“It’s something to play for. We didn’t want the season to fizzle out and be mid-table or something, so it’s definitely something to keep pushing for – especially in the next few weeks.

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“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing. Seven points is a big gap but we can only focus on ourselves and the next game, pick up the three points and you never know where we will end up.

“We are taking it one game at a time to see where we get to. As long as we keep winning, anything can happen.”

Johnston has played a full part in Wanderers’ revival since slotting seamlessly into a left-sided centre-back role in manager Evatt’s three-man back line.

The change of formation – along with the arrival of key new recruits – brought immediate dividends with a win over Ipswich Town in mid-January which kick-started Wanderers’ current run of just one defeat in nine games ahead of the visit of the Imps.

“We got massive confidence from the Ipswich game and we’ve kind of not stopped since,” added Johnston.

“Especially with our home form. We’ve picked up some good results and hopefully we can continue it tonight.

“We enjoyed in on Saturday. We needed to respond after a difficult Tuesday night in Burton.

“Hopefully we can do the same tonight, although it’s going to be another tough test.

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“I think they’re a good team. When we played them away they were very well structured and hard to break down.

“It will be like that tonight but with our home form – especially recently – hopefully we can get the three points.”

Wanderers’ comfortable 4-0 win over AFC Wimbledon last Saturday brought a first clean sheet in five games following four in a row before that.

The Whites have been more effective at both ends of the pitch during their recent run with wing-backs Marlon Fossey and Declan John key parts of the armoury.

And Johnston is enjoying having John as his wing-man as they look to continue to making hay down Wanderers’ left flank.

“The outside centre-backs have got the licence to go forward, which I enjoy,” said Johnston.

“Me and Dec understand each other quite well. We’ve played together quite a few times now.

“It’s just about picking my moments when to go forward and when to support him.

“Dec has been great in form recently and I just give him the ball when I can and let him do the rest, really.”

Watch George's pre-match interview HERE


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