Holden pleased with back-to-back away wins

Dean Holden claps supporters

Dean Holden was pleased to see his side makes it back-to-back away wins with a 2-1 victory at Cambridge United.

The win moved the Addicks up to 11th in League One and Holden praised his team for a strong first half showing and then battling in the second half to secure three points.

Speaking to CharltonTV he said: “Overall, six points on the road in the week, with a great away following, is fantastic. It’s seven points in the last three games on the back of a difficult little run that we were on.

“I think first half, we were in spells absolutely dominant. We could have gone a third goal up, like we did the other night [at Morecambe] and took the game away from them.”

Miles Leaburn gave the Addicks a 14th minute lead with his ninth goal of the season, getting on the end of a cross from Jes Rak-Sakyi but the striker was substituted at half-time.

Holden explained: “I think the first goal in particular was pleasing. We knew where the key spaces would be in terms of their playing a back three and the spaces down the side. We got Jes in a great ball across the box and Miles is exactly where we want him to be and he gets himself another goal and then he just felt the hamstring a little bit at halftime - hopefully it is nothing too seriously. It was the right thing to do to, to take him off.”

Rak-Sakyi scored Charlton’s second – his 10th of the season.

“In the second goal we get another set piece,” Holden said. “I think we’ve scored three set pieces in the last two games. So it was pleasing at halftime.

“We knew what they'd come with in the second half, obviously where they are in the league and the crowd behind them. Probably for 10 to 15 minutes we were okay, a little bit scruffy at times, but we had control and then from 60 minutes onwards, we stopped passing the ball, we made errors and then we couldn't get up the pitch and the distances got really big front to back, they were going really direct and they had a lot of pressure without any real chances. Ash [Maynard-Brewer] has not had a great deal to do in the game in fairness.

“We wrestled back a little bit of control towards the end, which led to the penalty appeal with Daniel Kanu. The guy's got him in a headlock back post, but it didn't count and it’s three points.”

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