Holden on Morecambe defeat

Holden claps supporters

Dean Holden wasn’t pleased with his side’s first half performance as the Addicks four-game unbeaten run at home came to an end with a 3-2 loss to Morecambe.

Jes Rak-Sakyi levelled for the Addicks on the stroke of half-time after Cole Stockton’s stunning opener but two soft goals in the second half made it difficult for Holden’s side, despite Scott Fraser's pulling back a late goal.

Speaking to CharltonTV after the game he said: “We didn't turn up first half – we didn’t get to grips with the game.

“We've obviously conceded cheap possession which has led to Cole Stockton landing on it and he's scored an absolute wondergoal, top corner and sometimes you have to accept that, but it was more about the reaction to that I was disappointed with. The amount of unforced errors in that first half. We’ve given cheap possession away again is it a lack of care?

“We just invited counter attack after counter attack and we should have been two down Stockton's missed and we should have been two down at half time.

“We've got back into it with a good goal ourselves. We've got Jack Payne on the outside and, and Jes is where you want to be – between the sticks and we coming in at 1-1.

“Second half, we come out, we have control. I think they've had a couple of attempts on our goal and scored both of them.

“We were much better in the second half in terms of the way we move the ball, in terms of the chances we create. We carried much more of a threat in behind, but then we've not defended well enough for two goals.

“If you do that and give the opposition three goals, you're not going to win a game of football.

“I think it just highlights it our inconsistencies. We've obviously had the terrible result last week at Ipswich. We've then responded in the week [an away win at MK Dons] and then we go and lose at home to Morecambe. I think it highlights where we are in the table if we've been totally honest about it and we've got two games now to finish as strong as we can.”

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