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Holden Taking Things Game By Game

2 April 2015

First team boss Dean Holden is taking it one game at a time as league leaders Bristol City visit SportsDirect.com Park on Good Friday.

The Robins, who sit ten points clear at the top of Sky Bet League One, are the first team Latics face in this Easter period whilst they face the long trip to Crawley Town on Easter Monday.

However, Holden is only concentrated on Friday as that is the next game. "We will take Friday's game as the most important because it is the next one," he said.

"We can't get too carried away and think too much about Crawley but obviously it is in the back of my mind. We have got ideas with the lads coming back from injury and they are coming back at a great time.

"We have got selection ideas for Crawley but you have to put your full focus on Friday because anything could happen in the game. We could pick up a couple of injuries and that so we will just concentrate on Bristol City then we have plenty of time to prepare for Crawley Town. Bristol City are a top side who are sailing the league so that will take all our focus.

"We have got some good players in our squad as well and we will do what we have done throughout the season and that is to concentrate on ourselves. We need to look at Bristol City as they do things a little differently to a lot of teams in this division. 

"They have a lot of experience in their squad and they have a very experienced manager who has had success in the past so it's going to be one hell of a shift from the boys but that's what the boys need to do to win the game."

Several injury returns have boosted Holden's plans ahead of tomorrow's game and he admits it is a breath of fresh air to have them back around the place.

"It will feel like a few new signings when they are all back in the squad," explained the 35-year-old. Aside from Liam Kelly, who we are hoping to have back for Monday's game, George is back in training today which is good and it's good to have him back. 

"He won't be available for Friday and neither will Amari but apart from that we are pretty much back to strength. Jacob Mellis is back in training today as well so we will see how he gets on."

The boss faces a dilemma in goal as Jake Kean is now fully fit for tomorrow's game but Joel Coleman has had an excellent three games in his absence. 

He said: "We are very lucky that we have two good goalkeepers. Joel is making his way in the game and he's had a great start with a couple of clean sheets but then he had an eventful afternoon at Bradford.

"He will be all the better for that game. Jake is in his own right is a good goalkeeper as well and we can only pick one so we will see how it goes. We are challenging for spots all over the pitch now and that's what we want to see."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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