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City in good spirits with Brentford on New Year horizon

City Head Coach Dean Holden believes his team can be a match for in-form Brentford when they take on the Bees in the first game of 2021.

Holden highlighted the squad’s confidence and spirit as he previewed a trip to the Brentford Community Stadium, where they face Thomas Frank’s side on Saturday (January 2nd, 3pm KO).

Second-place Brentford are unbeaten in their last 16 games in all competitions and they have lost only once at home all season, but the Robins are relishing the test as they look to bounce back after defeat at Luton Town last time out.

“Spirit in the camp is excellent, the lads are upbeat, sessions have been bright,” Holden told Robins TV.

“It’s a big challenge for us against Brentford. I watched them against AFC Bournemouth and they’re a team in form at the top end of the table but we go there in good spirits.

“It’s been a mad, crazy year which we’re pleased to see the back of. We go into 2021 confident and looking forward to this next game.”

Ivan Toney leads the Championship goalscoring charts with 16 goals to his name but Holden knows they are not a one-man team.

He said: “The way they play and pass the ball, they’ve a team which has been together a while now and they have a system…but we know that on any given day, if we get our performance right we’re a match for anyone - we’ve proved that already this season.

“We’re four points outside the play-offs, in a decent position to challenge for the top six and we go there in good spirits and looking forward to it.”

A win on Saturday would keep City within touching distance heading into their next Championship matchday and Holden hopes to see his side continue pushing in and around the play-offs as we head into the second half of the campaign.

“Our hope is to stick in that top-six pack and finish the season in a strong manner,” he continued. “No teams are getting away, there are mad results every week, so for us it’s about getting the next win on the board and sticking tight to the top six. Who knows what will happen in this second half of the season, hopefully we’ll be up the top.”

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