"Exceptional" Holden praises four-goal Charlton

Holden salutes fans

Dean Holden was very pleased with what he saw from his side in an emphatic 4-1 win at Morecambe.

Charlton controlled the game from start to finish with Corey Blackett-Taylor scoring twice and Miles Leaburn and Scott Fraser also finding the net.

Speaking to CharltonTV Holden said: “In my tenure that is the best we’ve played by a mile. We had a long conversation on Monday morning around our performance and what that looks like and how we want to play. I felt we showed real personality in that first half, not just the way we moved the ball but the threat in behind.

“Our regains were really high and we did well in the way we got after them, when we lost it we got people around the ball to win the ball back. We were a constant threat and you could see that in the goals we scored. Scott [Fraser] in particular was outstanding. I was really pleased to get back to winning ways, it has been a tough couple of weeks, the performance was really exceptional.”

Charlton’s first two goals came from corner kicks from Albie Morgan.

“We needed to start doing more from set-pieces,” Holden said. “They were the first goals we’ve scored from set pieces since I’ve been in the job. We’ve worked hard on that.

“I thought Terell Thomas deserves a mention. He was close to a move on deadline day, as close as you can get really and we had to pull it really late because of other things that went on. Me and him had a really good conversation and he’s responded excellently, he’s been training really well for a number of weeks now and deserved his opportunity with Sess missing out with his knee injury.

“It was a really good team performance. You always have to be ready to come in and do your job for your team.”

Holden was also full of praise for the Charlton fans: “I was pleased with the couple of hundred that came up because that is not an easy journey on a Tuesday night. I think they deserve as much credit as the 10,000 that went to Old Trafford because, let’s be totally honest, it’s not been pretty in the last couple of games. It was good for them to see the team win and score a number of goals.”

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