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Johnson hails in-form Latics

Lee Johnson paid tribute to his players after Oldham's unbeaten run was extended to nine matches with a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

Defender James Wilson scored his first league goal, steering home an eight-yard header from Connor Brown's cross, to give the Latics a 17th-minute lead.

The Blades equalised six minutes from time when Jamie Murphy's incisive run set up ex-Oldham striker Chris Porter to score from close range.

Johnson was delighted that his side had continued their excellent form.

He said: "I've been flogging them to death but they have produced under pressure and at the time of year when we've needed them to perform.

"I feel we've improved as a team and showed it because the result could have gone either way.

"Sheffield United are a very good side with very good players and we know they will be a strong outfit next season.

"They had the lion's share of possession with their movement but we created chances and I'm really pleased with the boys' performance.

"Our characters are helping us to win points and I'm hoping this was a dress rehearsal for next season when we want to be higher up the table.

"We are lacking that bit of quality of times, which is probably the difference between us having 20 more points over the course of the season, but it was an excellent performance and a very good game."