Holden looks ahead to Morecambe clash


Dean Holden wants to see his side back up their midweek performance at MK Dons when Morecambe visit The Valley on Saturday.

The Addicks showed character to bounce back from a disappointing day at Ipswich Town last Saturday with a 1-0 triumph at Stadium MK.

“It’s important that we show up again on Saturday,” said Holden. “We went to MK Dons and they were unbeaten in seven games, even though they’re down near the bottom. We’ve gone there and turned them over.

"We’ve managed to overcome disappointing results but maintain the confidence quite well this season. It’s easy to go overboard after the game and emotions can get the better of you, but keeping the players' confidence is the most important thing. 

“Morecambe are fighting for everything and we have to give them total respect," he added. "For us, it’s another home game at The Valley and there’s only two left, so our supporters will be coming along excited for that reason and hopefully we can score some more goals.”

The boss provided an update on the fitness of his squad during what is a three-game week for Charlton.

He said: “Naturally there are niggles at this stage of the season, but all of the lads want to get out there. We’re now at the stage of the season with three games to go and there is a lot to play for. Let’s not kid ourselves - this is Charlton Athletic and there are three games left of the season to finish as strong as we can. The players know that there are contracts that are up for negotiations and there are all kinds of things going on.

“I expect to get three really solid performances out of the next three games from this team. Of course, a lot of the focus is on next season and the planning, but making sure we finish strong is really important to me. Everyone has fronted up this morning, no problems at all, so we’ll see who is available tomorrow and we’ll pick a squad.”

Asked if Macauley Bonne will return to his squad this weekend, Holden explained: “I think we’ll see how training goes tomorrow. Like I said before, I spoke to Macauley prior to the game and I made it clear that he’s got to be responsible around social media. I’ll say it again - he didn’t intend to disrespect anyone, certainly our supporters.

“I think it was important in that moment that we went with the squad that could get some real positivity. I said after the game that we move forward now - it’s been done and the punishment has been had, so to speak.”

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