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Belief and confidence key for Holden

Dean Holden says City can cause a threat again if they pick up where they left off in the Sky Bet Championship.

After a deserved 2-0 win against Preston North End on Saturday, the Robins now travel to take on the league leaders in Norwich City this Wednesday (January 20th, 6pm KO).

City Head Coach Holden hailed the dominant performance against the Lilywhites, with City in control for the majority and taking their chances to seal an impressive win – a first over Preston since 2011.

The Canaries will pose a different threat but Holden is looking forward to seeing what his side can do again.

Holden's men beat Preston 2-0 on Saturday

Holden told Robins TV: “We go there with lots of belief. It’s obviously a huge challenge for us with Norwich top of the league but it’s a great game for us live on Sky Sports and we can’t wait.

“When you look at the squad they have, they only sold Jamal Lewis so going forward they still have some real attacking threats and we saw that in the game at Ashton Gate.

“As I’ve said many times, we know if we get our own game right like we did for large parts on Saturday, then we’ll be a threat for everybody. We go there with belief, we go into every game confident of a positive result so we’re really looking forward to it.

“You’ve got to have a balance to get results and we’re hard to beat, restricting Preston to one real chance on Saturday. We carried a threat, we were on the front foot, had a cutting edge, we used the ball and it was a good attacking display. Every game is different, so we certainly need to take care of Norwich’s threats but we can go there and cause problems as well.”

City v Canaries at Ashton Gate earlier in the season

Holden is encouraged by the options available to him across the squad, while a number of players are edging closer to returning from injury as well as the Robins embark on the second half of the campaign.

“The squad is getting stronger slowly but surely now,” he said. “Alfie Mawson has come back, we have Taylor Moore there, Zak [Vyner] can push into midfield, so we have options. Those coming in, be that starting or from the bench, are contributing and that’s the most pleasing thing.”

 

Due to EFL regulations with the match being broadcast live on Sky Sports, Norwich v City will be streamed live on Robins TV to Season Card holders only.

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