Holden: "It was chaotic but good to win"

Holden watching on

Dean Holden was pleased to see his side secure an important three points at home to Burton Albion on Easter Monday.

Jes Rak-Sakyi scored twice and Macauley Bonne found the net for the second time in as many home games as the Addicks secured back-to-back wins at The Valley to move 10th in League One.

Speaking to CharltonTV after the game, Holden said: “We started the game really well. Jes has scored inside the first 10 minutes. We seem to be saying this every week but it’s some goal isn’t it! We were in total control and Jes could have got his hat-trick inside the first half.

“Then they score from nothing, that’s what they’ve come for – set pieces and direct balls into the box and obviously we didn’t quite get that right. Ash [Maynard-Brewer] comes and there is a bit of a mix-up. I think the stadium was dumfounded at that point. It was like, ‘how have we gone in at 2-1?’ when we could have been 4-0 up.

“We had to reassess at half-time; we could have focused on that goal we conceded, which was five seconds in a first half where we were outstanding and could have had the game sewn up. We chose to focus on what we did well.

"We knew what they were going to come with in the second half and I was pleased to get the third goal – Macca [Macauley Bonne] two in two at home, I’m really pleased for him. We knew they conceded a lot from crosses and TC [Tyreece Campbell] was outstanding at times. We’ve still got to work on those final moments but he was very, very positive in the way that he played and it lands at Macca’s feet and it’s a good third goal.

“Then again we’ve conceded a set piece and end up getting a red card, which I think is harsh.”

Holden was forced into changes but was pleased to see his young side hold on.

“We finished the game with a young team again and it’s a good experience for them to go through that moment,” he said. “I’d rather be stood here with a convincing win but to win like we did, we probably haven’t done enough this season.

“We had some issues during the game, Dobbo [George Dobson] obviously got a tackle during the game and  he was feeling that. Scotty Fraser was flagging a bit, Macauley Bonne had cramp and Albie Morgan the same.

“It was a bit chaotic at the end but ultimately we’re stood here with three points and we’ve got to 10th in the division which three months ago we’d have bit our hands off for.”

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