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Complacency is our biggest danger – Holden

Dean Holden says City’s players have been given a firm warning against being complacent versus winless Bolton Wanderers tonight (7.45pm).

The City assistant boss is well aware that the Sky Bet Championship clash will be seen by many as a “home banker”, but Holden – a former Bolton player – insists that isn’t the case.

Bolton were promoted as runners-up from League One last season but have drawn twice and lost their other seven matches since returning to the second tier. They’ve also failed to score in their last six outings in all competitions.

Holden told BCTV: “We’re well aware that everyone outside of the dressing room will see this as a home banker, Bolton certainly aren’t mugs.

“They’ve got a very competitive coaching staff and decent players. They’ve taken time to settle since winning promotion in May, but we certainly won’t underestimate them. Who knows, this could be our toughest game of the season so far.

“Complacency is probably our biggest danger and that has certainly been the message from the gaffer and the coaching staff. We need to prepare properly and treat this game like we have all the others so far this season.”


“Complacency is probably our biggest danger and that has certainly been the message from the gaffer and the coaching staff."

Assistant head coach Dean Holden


Holden made his debut in professional football under Sam Allardyce’s management at Bolton in November 1999.

He hopes to see a few familiar faces at Ashton Gate – including Mark Little and Aaron Wilbraham, who moved to the Macron Stadium in the summer.

“There are still people there who work tirelessly behind the scenes that I know,” Holden added. “They’ve been there through all the tough times and hopefully the club can get back on the right track soon, just not tonight.

“We’ll look forward to seeing Litts and Alby, of course, and I’m sure they’ll get a great reception from the City fans – and rightly so. They gave so much for the shirt and so much for the club off the pitch as well.”

Cauley Woodrow has shaken off a thigh injury to return to the squad but Eros Pisano, Gary O’Neil and Milan Djuric remain absent.

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