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Holden Disappointed in Defeat

Former Walsall Football Club player/coach Dean Holden, who is currently serving as caretaker manager for yesterday's Sky Bet League 1 opponents Oldham Athletic, has spoken to the club's official website following the game, and has admitted that his team didn't play to the best of their abilities.
Former Walsall Football Club player/coach Dean Holden, who is currently serving as caretaker manager for yesterday's Sky Bet League 1 opponents Oldham Athletic, has spoken to the club's official website following the game, and has admitted that his team didn't play to the best of their abilities.

Speaking to OldhamAthletic.co.uk, Dean said; "It was a flat performance, especially in the final third. I don't think there was a lot in the game. We set up for a short corner, we've lost it and they have hit us on the counter and got the first goal but up until then I thought it was quite an even game.

"The decision has gone against us for the second goal and it's difficult to get back in once that has happened. Walsall are a good passing team and they make the pitch really big and move the ball well. We did that ourselves at times and it was similar to the Crawley game but we have moved it and got it to the final third and just fell flat.

"We are nowhere near positive enough in that final third and we said that at half time. We said to go and put balls in the box, take chances, take shots because you never know you might get a deflection or something like that but too many times we are trying to score the perfect goal and it just didn't quite happen.

"I don't want to spend all my time talking about referees. The decisions have gone against us and I'm not going to use that as an excuse. They are the big decisions but that's adversity and you have got to overcome that."
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