Holden hails "most complete performance"

Holden acknowledges supporters

Dean Holden described his side’s 6-0 win at home to Shrewsbury Town as the “most complete performance” since he took over in December.

The ruthless Addicks struck three goals in each half to extend the club’s unbeaten run to five games and scored six at home for the first time in the league since 1976.

Speaking to CharltonTV, Holden said: “It was pleasing really for our supporters, we’ve done well away from home recently but not really 90 minutes here, so I think it was pleasing for them to see six goals, a clean sheet and to show what a good team we can be. There is a little bit of frustration, a team above us in the league and we can put in a performance like that. I’m absolutely buzzing with the performance but a little bit ‘why couldn’t we have done it sooner?’”

Miles Leaburn netted twice with Scott Fraser, Albie Morgan, Jes Rak-Sakyi and Macauley Bonne also finding the net.

Holden added: “I thought the first 25 minutes was a bit scrappy. It was a little bit stop-start, it was probably the game that Shrewsbury wanted. We had the injury to Sean Clare and Sess [Steven Sessegnon] comes on in a difficult moment and grew into the game and played well. It’s Scottie Fraser’s wonderful free-kick really that gets us the spark. It’s a fantastic goal. Hayesy [Anthony Hayes] actually said to me ‘Scotty 1-0’, he could just feel it. It’s weird how you sometimes get a feeling for something. We were right behind it and it’s right in the top corner – brilliant.

“Then from 25 minutes until half time we really took the game to them didn’t we. That really gave us a spark. Credit to Josh, the analyst, Hayesy – the opposition analysis we do [had an impact]. We regained the ball from one of their free kicks deep, we countered quick which I think we did all afternoon. We knew we could get their beyond their midfielders – we talked to Albie [Morgan] and Scottie about running beyond. Albie arrives in a great space, Jes [Rak-Sakyi] finds him, then touch, bang – a great finish from Albie.

"To get the third goal when we did – I don’t think you’ll see a better goal all weekend. Jes’ balance and to hit with the outside of his left foot with that power when he’s off balance – he’s some player. That was important to go in at half-time 3-0. The game wasn’t over, so we needed to manage that first 15 minutes [of the second half].”

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