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Holden Looking To Finish The Season On A High

1 May 2015

First team boss Dean Holden is targeting a winning end to the season to start the momentum going into next.

There is an air of positivity around the football club at the moment after the fans' open day on Wednesday and corporate opening day on Thursday.

With the new North Stand on its way and fans eager to snap up tickets for that stand, manager Dean Holden believes a win on Sunday will kick start an exciting summer for the fans.

He said: "I think it's important now that we try and focus on going out with a bang and send the fans home into the summer break with some optimism. We have got the new stand coming next season and there has been a great turnout in the last couple of days and there is a lot of excitement around. We want to finish the season, starting into next season with a real sense of optimism.

"There has been a great turn out in these past couple of days. There has been a lot of things for them to see and it's been good for them to come in and see what's going on behind the scenes and have a look at the food on offer. 

"I tasted some of that myself and it was nice! It's excitement around the town and that's important. There is a lot going on at the moment and lots of excitement. 

"The players and people at this football club have got a huge part to play. We give the fans something to look forward to on a weekend because they have worked all week so I think it's important that we do the right thing on Sunday."

Although both teams have nothing to play for in tomorrow's game, Holden believes self motivation to get the three points will take over.

"You would give anything as a kid to go out in a professional game so I don't get what people mean by playing for nothing," he said. 

"For pride, professionalism, that kid inside you that wanted to be a professional footballer not for the fame or the money, just wanted to go out there and make a career for himself. That's what I'll be looking for the lads to do tomorrow."

Reflecting on his time in the hot seat, the 35-year-old said: "It's been an up and down season and there has been a lot going on, on and off the pitch. People around the club, including staff, have had a lot to deal with. 

"I've absolutely loved every minute and I'm grateful for the opportunity. Let's hope we can finish with a win on Sunday."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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