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‘A performance which deserved more’ – Holden

Dean Holden was encouraged by City’s dominant first-half display over AFC Bournemouth but rued a late lapse in concentration as the Cherries secured victory on the South Coast.

City had created the better opportunities in the opening half and largely kept AFC Bournemouth at arm’s length for much of the second, but they would be punished when substitute Arnaut Danjuma got in behind the backline to flick the ball beyond Dan Bentley.

Head Coach Holden agreed when asked if this had been a game of fine margins but he felt defeat was unjust. “Nobody will pick us up, we have to do that ourselves,” Holden told Robins TV. “Did we deserve more tonight? I think we did but we didn’t get it.”

He continued: “We switched off once in the second half, ten minutes from time, and we’ve been punished for it. We had gilt-edged chances in the first half, we’ve come to one of the best teams in the division and absolutely dominated the first half.

“We had Famara (Diédhiou) and Antoine (Semenyo), Tomas’ (Kalas) header cleared off the line, Tyreeq (Bakinson) went through and the goalkeeper made a great save but Bents (Dan Bentley) has had nothing to do.

“We knew they’d come out in the second half, we knew they’d get a reaction because they’ve a very good team. They had shots from distance without troubling Bents. We switch off once, they take their chance and this was a performance which deserved more. We have to move on.

“The lads gave everything, the first-half performance was outstanding with some of our play. We came to a team who was in the Premier League recently and we had all of the play in the first half. If you don’t take the goal anything can happen.”


It is only a second defeat from eight Sky Bet Championship matches for the Robins, but they now go in search of a first win since the international break with attentions quickly turning to the visit of Norwich City on Saturday.

“We have to keep working to improve.” Holden added. “There’s a game Saturday lunchtime so we have to recover quickly and get our minds focused on that. You can’t feel sorry for yourself for too long, we take this on the nose and get on with it.”

Saturday’s match versus the Canaries will be live streamed for free to Season Card Holders via Robins TV. It will not be available to non-Season Card Holders as the match has been selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports.

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