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Holden: "We Are Under No Illusions It's Going To Be A Big Game For Us."

13 April 2015

First team manager Dean Holden admits tomorrow's game against Coventry City will be a tough task for his players but is excited by the challenge.

Latics enter the game on the back of Saturday's 2-2 draw with Coventry City, a team who have only lost two of their last eight games.

Speaking about the clash, Holden said: "When Tony Mowbray took over, I knew they would have a good run of results because obviously he is a very good experienced manager. 

"We knew that he would put a few things in place which would get them going and he has done. We are under no illusions it's going to be a big game for us. 

"There is not a lot in the division as we have seen with the teams at the top. We have competed with Bristol City and Sheffield United recently and the Rochdale game, we have competed with the teams at the top and there isn't a lot of difference between the top and the bottom. 

"You have got to be on your metal on the day. It is a fantastic arena for the lads to go and play football in and we are very much looking forward to it."

After Joseph Mills was replaced at half time due to injury, Holden gave an update on his fitness and is boosted by the return of a fans favourite.

"It's too soon to tell with Mills and we'll have to see how he is this morning," he admitted. "Jonathan Forte has seen a specialist and it's difficult to say how long he's going to be out but we'll see how it settles down and see where we're at. 

"George has only trained for a couple of days and he's been out for a long time. As I've said before, it's great to have him back around the place because he's bubbly and lively. It's good to have him back on the training pitch and he'll come back into contention tomorrow."

With four games of the season remaining, when asked if he wanted the campaign to end, the 35-year-old responded: "No, absolutely not. I'm absolutely loving it. 

"I've embraced the challenge and I've had a lot of help behind-the-scenes. Everybody has pulled in the right direction and hopefully you can see that on the pitch. The lads are enjoying themselves and none of us want it to end."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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