Oldham, in 13th and with a slim chance of the playoffs, have been in patchy form under Holden by taking ten points from his ten games in charge, however the interim manager has called on his players to show their best side for the remainder of the season.
Former Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson came back to haunt his old side as Barnsley brushed aside the 10-man Latics 3-1.
Oldham Athletic interim manager Dean Holden has warned his players not to get too ‘emotionally involved’ when they face former boss Lee Johnson’s new side Barnsley on Saturday.
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.
The former Oldham Athletic captain took temporary charge at the League One side when ex-manager Lee Johnson left for Barnsley last month.
Lee Johnson left Oldham in ninth place in League One and just two points off the play-off places, and former Latics captain Dean Holden is setting his sights on promotion to the championship.
The 33-year-old leaves Oldham in ninth, seven places above his new club, whom he saw beat Scunthorpe 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Barnsley scored with their first attack when Kane Hemmings got on the end of a Milan Lalkovic cross to poke the Tykes into a 12th minute lead which Oldham never pegged back.
Oldham secured the services of Jacob Mellis, Jake Kean, Conor Wilkinson and Rhys Murphy, while James Dayton, Paul Rachubka and David Mellor all departed during the January transfer window as Lee Johnson’s men go to Barnsley tonight.
Oldham have gone nine games without defeat in all competitions, after squeezing past Barnsley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night, as they prepare to face Walsall at the weekend
Rochdale lost 1-0 to Barnsley on Saturday and face Walsall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tonight