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Dean Holden gives his verdict as Charlton make it back-to-back wins with victory over Lincoln City

Dean Holden was pleased his side were able to hang on to three points during the home clash with Lincoln City and make it back-to-back victories.

The Addicks followed up their 3-1 win at Portsmouth with a 2-1 triumph over the Imps thanks to goals from Scott Fraser and Corey Blackett-Taylor.

Danny Mandroiu pulled one back for the visitors inside the final 15 minutes but the Addicks clung on to secure consecutive wins for the first time since October.

“We spoke about coming here to The Valley in front of our own supporters and show that we’re able to do that,” said Holden.

“We’ve not done it enough this season. It was a performance that showed most sides of us. It was scrappy for 25 minutes. Lincoln are a difficult team to deal with. They play so direct, and the second balls become really important. It was a bit scrappy, but we grew into the game.

Fraser opened the scoring with a far-post header. Paul Edwards

“We scored two fantastic goals. We wanted to come out in the second half with a 0-0 mentality and take the game away from them. We did that but we just didn’t finish the chances. They scored. There was a little bit of anxiety because we’ve not won enough recently.

“But we saw it through. We won ugly in the end. The conditions were tough. We stuck at it. Ideally, we would have been more comfortable, and I’m disappointed we didn’t get that clean sheet. But we can’t snuff at two wins in the last two games. It sets us up nicely for Tuesday [against Manchester United].”

Blackett-Taylor doubled the lead shortly before the break. Paul Edwards

Fraser bagged a goal and assist to go with his strike at Fratton Park on New Year’s Day. He’s now up to five goals for the campaign.

Holden added: “He’s in a good moment, Scotty. He’s done it before. Previously, he’s got good numbers of goals and assists. We’ve given him more freedom in the attacking part of the pitch. For the first goal we dealt with the long punt down the pitch.

“Won the second ball and Scotty is facing forward and we’re playing in the right areas of the pitch. He arrives with brilliant timing at the back post, a fantastic cross from Miles [Leaburn]. And Corey, what a goal that was.”


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