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Holden: "It's One That I'm Really Looking Forward To."

16 April 2015

Manager Dean Holden is excited about coming up against one of his former sides on Saturday as Chesterfield visit SportsDirect.com Park.

Holden served the Spireites between February-November 2011 and helped them win the League Two title. 

A couple of players remain from that squad, including goalkeeper Tommy Lee, and Holden is looking forward to face his old side but admitted it will be tough.

He said: "It's one that I'm really looking forward to. They will have a great following behind them and we will have it all on to get something from the game. 

"They are in great form and I watched them against Bradford on their pitch and they did what they needed to do in the night. 

"They have got a lot of energy in the team and some really good players with a fantastic goalkeeper behind them so it will be a tough ask for us but one I'm really looking forward to.

"I have some very good memories of Chesterfield and in the short time I was there it was a great time in my life. There are a lot of people behind the scenes still there and they are good friends so it will be nice to see them after the game hopefully having got the three points. 

"Chesterfield have energy in their team and real good attacking players so we will have to be on our metal to guard against that and we are looking forward to that."

Although his future is yet to be decided, Holden did say that preparations are in place for next season's pre-season campaign.

"We are getting on with that in the background. We are looking at a tour possibly and getting on with friendlies locally," he admitted. I think it is important that we build relationships with local non-league teams which will help us to send a couple of lads out on loan to them. 

"I'm sure it will help the local clubs as well having an Oldham team come to them so it's a win-win situation and something we are looking to do."

The 35-year-old reserved special praise for the youth team, who beat Wigan Athletic 3-1 to progress through to the national final of the Youth Alliance Cup.

He said: "There was a good following behind them and a lot of fans travelled up there so it's great for the young lads to experience something like that. 

"It is a difficult time for some of them as they have been released and they have gone out and put in a fantastic performance in against Wigan Athletic so they have their rewards of a national final in the next couple of weeks and it keeps their season alive so I'm pleased for them."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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