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Holden: "We Deserved The Three Points On The Day."

4 April 2015

First team boss Dean Holden felt his side deserved all three points against the league leaders yesterday but could only settled for a point.

Aaron Wilbraham had given the visitors the lead with only 20 minutes of the game to play but four minutes later, Carl Winchester struck from 25 yards to level the game against the league's top side.

Speaking about the game, Holden admitted: "I thought we deserved to win on the day. We created some good chances in the game and their goalkeeper has made two or three outstanding saves. 

"It was an exciting game and I enjoyed it. We made a decision that we sat off MK Dons too much and we allowed them to dictate. We made a decision that we were going to go after them. 

"They play three at the back and we were going to throw three up there and really go for them and that really showed in the performances. 

"We asked for extra effort before kick off and we knew what they would bring but aside from that they do have a lot of energy and a lot of work rate. Steve Cotterill demands that of everyone of them and we knew that was going to be the challenge but the lads stood up to it. 

"The subs that came on were good and we lost Forte at the end and ended up with ten men which required even more effort. But, on the whole, it was very pleasing. 

"I said to them in the dressing room that I feel for them because we deserved the three points on the day but you know you don't get what you deserve sometimes."

That goal from Winchester was his fourth this season. "It was a great strike," Holden said. 

"He has got it out of his feet and done that a few times this season and he has that in his locker. It was one of a few very good chances in the game and it was a pleasing performance."

Latics travel to Crawley Town on Easter Monday but will be nursing a few injuries ahead of that game.

"Gerrard just felt a little bit of tightness in his muscle and we needed to get James [Wilson] on," added the 35-year-old. "It was good to have James and Mills back out there as well. Jonathan has took a whack to his knee so we will have to see how he is from it. 

"We were about to take Luke Woodland off but he went up for a header and landed a bit awkwardly so he's got a bag of ice on there and we will see how he is."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player. 

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