Holden on Peterborough draw: "Overall it’s a fair result"

Holden claps supporters

Dean Holden was pleased with the way his team responded in a strong second-half at The Valley but felt a draw was probably a fair result as the Addicks shared the points with Peterborough United in the manager’s first game in charge.

Miles Leaburn gave Charlton a 49th-minute lead and Charlton had two big chances to win the game either side of Jonson Clarke-Harris’ leveller as the Boxing Day clash finished 1-1.

Speaking to CharltonTV after the game, Holden said: “We scored a great goal through Miles – it's a brilliant ball from Daniel [Kanu]. I thought in the second half they linked really well together, creating chances for themselves and each other. It’s a brilliant header from Miles and then to concede from a set piece is really disappointing I have to say.

“Prior to that, we’ve have the chance with Sean Clare who has run the length of the pitch and done everything but score. We also had a big chance for Jes Rak-Sakyi late on. They’ve hit the bar a couple of the times, the first one may be a bit fortuitous but certainly the second one he’s struck it well. Ash [Maynard-Brewer] made a big save in the first half as well, so I think overall it’s a fair result.”

Holden was pleased to see his team respond in the second period.

He said: “I just felt we were a little bit disjointed in the first half. There have been more than 20 games prior to me coming in this season and we’ve hardly had any time on the training pitch. You could see that it's a team that has been wanting to play possession-based football.

"We’re trying to play with a bit more purpose and play in the attacking half a little bit earlier, you could see that. There are players that are used to playing one way, it doesn’t just happen overnight, there is plenty of work to do.

"I think in the second half there was a team that moved together with and without the ball. For Sean to score that goal and to go 2-0 would have been a really big moment, those are the fine margins. The crowd got behind us in the second half and we had all the momentum.”

Supporters can watch the full interview below.

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