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Holden: "Soft Goals Hurt The Team."

18 March 2015

First team manager Dean Holden admitted his side have conceded too many goals in their last three home games after losing 3-1 to MK Dons yesterday.

Dean Bowditch, Daniel Powell and Ben Reeves grabbed the goals as Latics fell to their third straight league defeat.

Holden said: "They are a good side and again, soft goals hurt the team. We changed the system slightly to try and protect the back lads a bit more because we've been looking vulnerable. 

"We changed it at half time and got two up there and looked a lot more solid in the second half and we went after them a bit more but they had saw the game out by then.

"You've got to find it within yourself to keep going and it's tough out there because things aren't going for us at the moment. I keep saying the same things. You have got to keep going and take the punches on the chin. That was the most disappointing thing really.

"One or two lads have had their say after the game but we have to move forward quickly and pick ourselves up. This message is becoming quite the same. 

"We've conceded too many goals in the last three games. Ten goals we have conceded at home so that's why we went a bit stronger in the back four tonight but it didn't quite work out."

Rhys Turner netted his first goal for the club last night and Holden reserved praise for him and had positive news on the injury front.

"He looked lively when he came on," commented the 35-year-old. "He run the line well and he'll be pleased with his goal.

"I was pleased with all the subs. All three of them came on and made a contribution so that's the positive to take out of the game. We've had a bit of good news today with one or two of the injuries so that's another couple of positives which we can take forward."

Latics travel to Crewe on Saturday desperate for three points and Holden is looking for a response from his players.

"We are at that time now where I'm looking around thinking who's coming with me? It's those types of characters we need on the pitch on Saturday," he said. 

"It's a fantastic game for the ones that go out there so lets hope they put the shift in."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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