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James Crawley


Posted Saturday, August 11th 2018

City’s character came through today - Holden

Dean Holden hailed two “fantastic” goals as he reflected on City’s 2-2 draw away to Bolton Wanderers.

Against the run of play, Bolton found themselves 2-0 up in the second half at the University of Bolton Stadium, before Andreas Weimann and Jamie Paterson pounced to claim a point in City’s first away game of the season.

“We had to regroup,” assistant head coach Holden told

“The goals came in the five minutes that Bolton controlled the game but apart from that we controlled the possession. In the first half, we didn’t really hurt Bolton as much as wanted to, we played in front of them too much, we were a bit too slow which is something we talked about at half time.

“In the second half we got down the sides which is where we thought we could hurt their centre-backs for pace and we scored two fantastic goals as a result.”

Captain Marlon Pack’s disguised pass found his Austrian teammate Weimann, who slotted the ball past Ben Alnwick to halve the deficit, before Paterson latched on to Jack Hunt’s ball down the left-wing and finding the bottom corner via the post to level the scores.

“This one was a great finish,” Holden said, describing Weimann’s goal - his second in as many City appearances. “Paterson has killed the defender with his touch and it was a great finish,” he added.

City also had two penalty appeal dismissed by the officials. Paterson went to ground under a challenge in the first half before Niclas Eliasson received a yellow card for apparent simulation in the second period.

“We were more than frustrated at the time but you have to take it on the chin and move on,” Holden continued.

“I think it was a foul in the lead up to their second goal too but it wasn’t seen.

“All in all we have to take it on the chin. We were 2-0 down against Bolton who had their tails up after last week (2-1 win v West Brom) but we showed a lot of character today.”