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Posted Monday, February 11th 2019

‘Everyone is playing their part’ – Holden

The entire City squad are showing consistency and that’s key to the club’s success, Dean Holden believes.

They head into Tuesday night’s match (February 12th, 7.45pm KO) under the Ashton Gate lights against QPR off the back of eight wins in a row, as part of a 14 game unbeaten streak.

With every players do their bit, City are giving themselves the best chance of a strong finish as the season enters its final third.

Steve McClaren’s Hoops are up next for City, who will be looking to bounce back after losing in their seven-goal thriller at the weekend, contrary to the Robins who had Eros Pisano to thank for their 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

“It was a very good display with and without the ball,” Holden said.

“We went through that with the players with the videos, we put that to bed quickly and we prepare for QPR which is another tough night for us tomorrow.

“The players are showing a level of consistency and that’s right across the squad, whether that’s the players who are starting or on the bench and everybody has played their part.

“It’s a fantastic position to be in, strength in depth is good and competition for places helps raise the players’ games.”

Tomorrow’s match is the first of two home evening games this month, with Birmingham City in town in a fortnight – the same side who held on to beat the R’s on Saturday.

“It’s another great night for us under the lights against a tough team in QPR,” Assistant Head Coach Holden said.

“It was an interesting game for them at the weekend, having been 4-0 down, then getting it back to 4-3 and they missed a last minute penalty. So, you can imagine they’ll come here with their tails up and looking to continue their second-half display.”

Preparation for Tuesday’s fixture continue and as fans would expect, the players are in high spirits behind the scenes as they grow in confidence yet remain grounded with each positive result.

And with a third of the season remaining, that attitude can enable the squad to take the remaining matches with both hands.

Holden continued: “It’s pleasing to see the work we have been doing in training come to fruition on a matchday, whether that’s when we’ve got the ball, patterns and making sure we nullify the opposition, and set pieces both for and against. The players have brought into everything we want them to do. Repetition is key and that’s shown in games.

“We have a fantastic period in front of us now. We have great league games and a big FA Cup game coming up. We want to be in every competition, fighting for trophies. We want to be at the top end of the division, that’s the ambition from everybody at the club and long may that continue.”

City v QPR kicks off at 7.45pm. Forever Bristol City Members can claim a £15 ticket in the Dolman Stand.

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