Holden on his side's draw at Cheltenham

Dean Holden pointing

Dean Holden explained he has a busy few weeks ahead after the Addicks finished the 2022/23 campaign with a 2-2 draw at Cheltenham Town.

His side controlled much of the game and took the lead twice through Scott Fraser and Jack Payne, but weren’t able to hold on for three points.

The result means the Addicks finish 10th in League One. Speaking to CharltonTV after the game, Holden said: “We finished 10th in the league, which when we came in we would have took, no doubt about that. You look at MK Dons who were in a similar position ended up getting relegated today. We have to accept that it has been a decent second half of the season but I think we’re 15 points away from the play-off positions and I think 36 points from the top two – that shows how much work there is to do in the summer.”

The result, Holden explained, highlighted some of the work that needs to be done this summer. "We went a goal up and had gilt-edged chances throughout the game,” he said. “How we drew the game is beyond me. We’ve shown our frailties defensively. We can’t get away from that - we’ve got a lot of work to do.

“I thought we were sluggish coming out in at the start of the second half. Old habits can die hard at times and the way we were playing around our six-yard box and 18-yard box for that equalising goal at the start of the second half – we’ve got away from doing that in the last couple of months. We put ourselves under pressure and they score out of nothing.

“We’ve then gone on and got a good goal from Payney with the press – good aggression in the way he went after the ball and a good finish and then, again, a cheap goal for us to concede. Alfie May lands on it, it’s a good turn from him and a good finish, but defensively it's not great from us. We should have had the three points, we didn’t.”

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