Holden previews Bristol Rovers clash

Dean Holden watching training

1,167 supporters will be cheering the Addicks on in a sold out away end at Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium on Good Friday and Dean Holden wants his side to build on their recent away form.

The Addicks have the most away points in League One in 2023 and will be looking to add to the club’s five game unbeaten run including Saturday’s 6-0 win at home to Shrewsbury Town.

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Speaking of the support, Holden said: “It will be a good opportunity for us to go out in front of our away supporters, who always travel well. We’ve got to make sure we show what we are about tomorrow, last week means nothing other than the confidence and spirit we have got from that.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us against Bristol Rovers, we know what Joey Barton’s teams are about, over the years we have seen that they will be competitive. They’ve got some experience in that forward area, [Aaron] Collins is a standout player with the number of goals and assists he's got this season is excellent from his point of view. We don’t quite know what system they will play, they’ve mixed it up and played a back three and four and they haven’t played for three weeks with the international break and the Papa Johns Trophy final so we’ll see how they have dealt with that.

“For us, the focus again is mainly on the performance. We won the game last weekend because we scored six goals and the opposition didn’t score any. That’s a fact and the process is the important thing, how did we get the goals? We were excellent in possession, as good as we have been since I took the job. The way we pressed higher up the pitch, the way we counter-attacked when we won the ball deep, the compactness of the defence and willingness to go one on one at times. All these things add to the result, we see the result but it is the process. That is what I am most interested in tomorrow, getting that process right, which is the performance. If you take care of the performance, more often than not you are on the right end of the result. There are six points available, away to Bristol and at home to Burton, it’s a big weekend for us.”

Sean Clare limped off last weekend and Holden updated: “We’ve got to make a late call on that, Sean’s doubtful and has not trained since the game, we’ll probably make a late call tomorrow morning.”

Todd Kane, who was injured on his debut against Barnsley in January, played 61 minutes for the club’s U21s on Tuesday.

He got some minutes in that game which was good, he’s been out a long time, we’ve just got to make sure that we manage him now, from now until the end of the season I hope we can get some first team minutes out of him.”

(Transcription: Alex Forrest)

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