Lee Johnson: Oldham manager relishing Bristol City return

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Bristol City-Oldham 'scary' for bosses

Oldham manager Lee Johnson admitted his history with Bristol City will give Saturday's League One meeting between the two sides an added impetus.

Johnson, 33, spent five and a half years as a player at Ashton Gate, making 199 appearances before leaving for Kilmarnock in 2012.

He was appointed Latics boss last year and they are now seventh in the table - eight points behind leaders City.

"I'm excited as there's so many mini stories," he told BBC Points West.

As well as Johnson's own links, he has four former City players in his squad - Liam Kelly, James Wilson, Brian Wilson and George Elokobi - while midfielder Korey Smith left the Latics for their League One rivals in the summer.

The Bristol City-Oldham links
Lee Johnson: Oldham manager and former Bristol City midfielder.Korey Smith: Former Oldham captain signed for Bristol City in the summer.
Liam Kelly: Former Bristol City midfielder who joined the Latics as part of Korey Smith's move to Ashton Gate.James Wilson: Youth defender at Bristol City who joined Oldham in January.
Brian Wilson: Defender played for Bristol City between 2007 and 2010 before joining Oldham in the summer.George Elokobi: Loaned to Bristol City from Nottingham Forest but broke his ankle on his debut. Now on a permanent deal at Oldham.

"There's so many interconnections within the two clubs and it's nice," added Johnson.

"It will be great for me to go back and see everyone I miss. I'm pleased for them but there's no doubt we'll be going to win the game."

Johnson, the son of Yeovil boss Gary, became the youngest manager in the Football League when he was appointed by Oldham in March 2013, replacing Paul Dickov.

Lee Johnson
Johnson played for Bristol City between August 2006 and January 2012

At the time, the club were 21st in the league but he helped them stave off relegation and then led them to a 15th-place finish last season.

After a slow start this term, they have now gone 13 games unbeaten in all competitions and are one point from the play-offs in a congested League One.

On Saturday, they come up against a Bristol City team who have not lost in the league since March and are three points clear at the top.

The League One form guide
Bristol CityOldham
Top of the table with nine wins and six draws from 15 games Seventh in the table with six wins and seven draws from 15 games
Unbeaten in 21 games - since 5 AprilUnbeaten in 13 games - since 30 August
Top scorer: Aaron Wilbraham (nine)Top scorer: Jonathan Forte (11)

"People are getting a nosebleed in Oldham, because we haven't been near the top six for a long time," joked Johnson.

"Although we've got to respect Bristol City as the best club in the division, we'll go there full of hope and try and play our game.

"It will be a really good spectacle for League One, full of attack-minded play. It will probably be a bit scary for the two managers but if I was looking to pay £25 to watch a game, that's the one I'd pick."

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