Oldham’s Holden calls for troops to take Yeovil shock loss ‘on the chin’

Oldham Athletic’s poor run continued under interim manager Dean Holden as an injury-time strike from Yeovil Town’s James Hayter saw League One’s bottom side beat the Latics.

Carl Winchester had put Oldham ahead on the stroke of half-time, but Joel Grant’s equaliser ten minutes after the break and Hayter’s late winner mean Oldham have now lost four of the last five.

Temporary Latics boss Holden conceded it had been a tough week for his side, but vowed to come back stronger against Barnsley next Saturday.

“It’s a tough one to take,” he admitted.

“We got ourselves in the lead before the half time break and we had a game plan in the second half with the wind changing. We probably didn’t take the game to them as much in the second half in order to kill the game off. We gave away two sloppy goals. 

“The wind was blowing an absolute gale in the first half and the goalkeeper was only kicking it 30 yards outside his box so you’ve got to slightly change your game plan. We didn’t play much free flowing football and create many chances in the first half but went in one goal ahead. 

“We shot ourselves in the foot with the two goals we conceded but we take it on the chin and look at it in the cold light of day and move forward.”

Despite their worrying run of form leaving them fifteenth in the table, Oldham remain just four points off the play-off places. 

Holden will be hoping his side can put a bad week behind them in time for nest Saturday when they travel to former manager Lee Johnson’s new charge, Barnsley.

“We’ve got a week now to prepare properly,” he said. 

“It has been a tough few days with the effort the lads put in on Tuesday and it’s been a long journey here and we’ve not got what we wanted. This won’t change the way we prepare for Barnsley next week. 

“We’ll have a good week, make sure the lads are well recovered and we’ll turn our attention to Barnsley and to how we can beat them.”

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