Holden reflects on Port Vale loss

Dean Holden claps supporters

Dean Holden was disappointed that his side weren’t able to build on an early lead as they lost 3-2 to Port Vale at The Valley.

“It was a little bit like the Newport one,” he said. “When you get that first goal I want to see us go on and take the game away from the opposition.

“I was a little bit disappointed after that in terms of how we got a little bit careless with the ball,” he continued. “We invited the pressure on to us a little bit.

“That’s where it’s disappointing - we weren’t able to capitalise on that and really take the game away. And when you’ve only got a slender lead, you’re always at the mercy of a mistake or two.”

Just as it was on Tuesday against Bristol Rovers, individual errors cost the Addicks. “If you watch a top Premier League game over the weekend, you’ll see loads of mistakes within the game,” said the boss. “It’s natural.

“Unfortunately, those two moments lead to goals, completely against the run of play.”

The gaffer was able to take some positives from the game, namely that both his strikers got on the scoresheet: “Daniel [Kanu] and Alfie [May] in particular gave the opposition problems. I’m sure Alfie will fly now. Mentally that will be big for him.”

With no midweek fixture, Holden said that he was looking forward to getting to work properly with the players to start turning his side’s fortunes around. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us with a free week now to get ready for the Oxford game, to pull together and go there and show the spirit that we’ve got in the squad,” he said.

“Throughout my career and throughout my personal life, moments like this is where I like to think I come alive, so bring it on.”

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