Boss disappointed with result but not performance

Dean Holden looks on

Dean Holden was disappointed with the result but not the performance as the Addicks lost 1-0 at Peterborough United.

Charlton created plenty of chances and controlled the second half but were unable to find away past Peterborough goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic.

Speaking to CharltonTV Holden said: “The first half was isolated chances for both teams. I think we’ve created a couple of moments and all the action they’ve had around our goal has been from set pieces, it’s something we need to look at. They’ve got a good profile in terms of height and we were suffering a little bit with that today, it was part of the reason I kept it a little bit later to bring Tayo [Edun] on, because you lose Terell [Thomas] and his height in that situation.

“It’s a poor goal to concede right on half time from a throw in which bounces on the edge of our box and we need to clear it. We don’t, we get punished and we come in and 1-0 down and it should be 0-0 really.

“We’ve come to an opponent who finished 15 points in front of us last season, a team that got to the play-offs. It was always going to be a big test for us but I thought in the second half, the first 20-25 minutes in particular, it was one-way traffic. We’ve had so many moments in and around their goal, we’ve had the big chance for Alfie May, we’ve had Panutche’s [Camara] header first half and Corey [Blackett-Taylor] has got on the inside three or four times – we just couldn’t quite find that moment. They got a bit more momentum back into it, they changed the system, they slowed the game and then we’ve put the foot to the gas again and we’ve finished the game really, really strongly.”

The Addicks had 1,904 supporters in Peterborough who clapped Holden’s side off at full time.

“Anyone inside the stadium will agree that it is a game we should have got more from,” Holden added. “I think our supporters would agree, you saw that at the end in terms of their reaction, clapping the players off so we have to take that one on the chin I think.

“I’m disappointed to lose the game but it’s a performance I can relate to in terms of the way that we ran, in terms of the way that we pressured the opponent, the amount of time we won the ball back, middle part of the pitch and high up the pitch, I’d be interested to see the numbers. Obviously their keeper has made two fantastic saves. We have to keep working, we’re missing some key players in attacking areas. It’s about how we respond on Tuesday, really pleased with the performance but disappointed with the result.”

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