Holden: 'We can't let our levels drop now'


Dean Holden wants to see more of the same from his players on Saturday when Charlton travel to Cambridge United.

The Addicks returned to winning ways with a convincing 4-1 win at Morecambe in midweek and had 20 shots on goal, 10 of which were on target.

Holden said: “I said to the players this morning, ‘people might look at that result and think, because of the size of the club and where we are in the league, it’s an easy 4-1 win’ and it wasn't. I think 4-1 did flatter Morecambe and we could have scored more than that.

"You have to approach the game with the right mindset. The weather before kick-off was difficult up there and the pitch stood up really well to it, but your mindset and your mentality going into games like that is everything. It allows you to start in the correct manner, which we did, and then we took the game away from them really early.

“So, it will be the same approach at Cambridge," he added. "Obviously it's a different profile that they’ve got. They’ve been playing a back three recently and have got some real experience. they signed Ryan Bennett and Michael Morrison in January, two really experienced centre-backs.

"Again, we’ll know what the challenge is in front of us. I said to the players that the challenge now is to maintain that level of performance for the last 10 games of the season. We’ve proved at times this season that we can go against certain teams and put in good performances but clearly 12th in the league shows that we’ve not done that enough.

"That’s the challenge - we can’t let our levels drop now. It was an excellent performance but we move on quickly now.”

The gaffer provided an update on the fitness of Lucas Ness, Terell Thomas and Corey Blackett-Taylor.

“We’ll see on Lucas," he said. "He’s seeing a specialist next week. He’s got a little bit of damage to his patella tendon, but how bad that is we’re not quite sure. The physios don’t think it’s too bad but we need to get the expert’s opinion on that - I think that’s Wednesday next week.

“Terell just had cramp in his calf, simply because he’s not played for so long and everything that goes into a big performance – the emotion, the adrenaline and everything. He should be okay.

“We’re a little bit worried about Corey. He had a scan this morning. He felt something in the game that he thought was cramp in his hamstring. He’s been assessed this morning and we’ve sent him for a scan, so we’ll wait to see the results of that. Fingers crossed.”

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