Holden: “It’s an exciting game for us”


Dean Holden is anticipating a lively atmosphere at The Valley on Saturday as Charlton take on table toppers Sheffield Wednesday.

Darren Moore’s Owls head to the capital buoyed by a 19-game unbeaten league run – a joint club record.

Holden said: “Darren has done a great job, I have to say. He’s got a really good squad of players, some of whom I’ve worked with personally as well. They’re on a great run of form – there’s no getting away from that.

“They’ll come with an army of support, as they always do, and it’ll be a great atmosphere around The Valley. I said to the players that these are the games we want to play in League One – two of the biggest clubs coming against each other on the pitch and, as I say, it should be one hell of an atmosphere.

“We’ve got to make sure that we do the basics better than we did last week [at Derby County],” he added. “We’re a good team on our day but we need to make sure that we do it consistently throughout the 90 minutes. It’s an exciting game for us.”

Asked if Miles Leaburn could return to the matchday 18, the boss said: “There’s a possibility. He’s trained a little bit this week but whether he’s done enough to come back into the matchday squad… we’ll have a little chat as a staff this afternoon on that.”

Holden also reported one or two unnamed doubts ahead of this weekend’s contest.

“There are one or two knocks and niggles and bit of illness floating about the camp.

“Once we get to the game tomorrow we’ll have an exact idea of who we’ve got, but there are one or two doubts.”

Saturday’s clash is the men’s first-team’s inaugural Greener Game, with the club and its partners encouraging fans to ‘change one thing’ to make more environmentally-friendly decisions.

“Myself and my wife have got an army of children so we take sustainability very seriously,” explained Holden. “We recycle all the stuff around the house and exercise, where possible, without travelling on public transport or driving.

“For me, it’s about trying to get a bit more exercise in. I’m in the process of getting myself a bike because I want to look after the world and because I need to get fitter!”

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