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Draw ‘a fair result’ - Holden

Interim Head Coach Dean Holden described the Robins’ 1-1 draw with Stoke City as an even contest but said there was disappointment his players were unable to see out the win.

He hailed Filip Benković who scored a superb goal to put City 1-0 up at the break, before calling into question how Danny Batth was able to equalise for the Potters.

But he said the team “gave everything” and is aiming to take maximum points from City’s final two games with “plenty to play for.”

He told Robins TV: “I think it was a fair result on reflection. Both teams created chances, we had a big chance first half one-on-one and scored a great goal with Benković. You wouldn’t want to pick goal of the month that’s for sure!

“Ultimately, I’m disappointed how we defended for their goal. McClean has great quality and we’ve not switched on quick enough on the free kick. The lads have given it everything, we wanted to keep the winning run going but it wasn’t meant to be.”

Holden praised Benković, who himself had mixed emotions after the result.

Holden continued: “He played as a striker into his teens so you can see he’s comfortable on the ball, has great technique and it was a great finish. I was disappointed we didn’t get the three points. It wasn’t about seeing the game out, it was about going to get the second goal and get the win.

City now prepare to face Swansea City in South Wales, before returning to BS3 for the final game of the regular season.

Looking ahead to the run-in, Holden said: “No matter what happens with other teams, in terms of the play-offs, nobody is on the beach. There is professional pride and they’ve been great all season. There’s still plenty to play for, it’s a quick turnaround for the Swansea game, we look forward to going there and finishing the season on a high with six points [from our last two games].”

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