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Holden buoyant after week’s preparation

Dean Holden believes there will be a positive effect after a full week of preparations for Saturday’s match against Wycombe Wanderers.

This has been the first period without a midweek fixture since the international break – with nine games in 28 days in the run up to Christmas.

Such is the relentless nature of the Championship but since returning from Preston North End last Friday, there has been more time to rest, recover and train for the challenge of the Chairboys on Boxing Day.

“I’ve been really pleased this week, which has been the first time in a long time we’ve had a full week to work on things,” Head Coach Holden told Robins TV. “That’s with and without the ball, set-pieces and it’s been good to get on the grass or the Astro Turf as it was this (Wednesday) morning. We’ve worked on things, we’re refreshed, and we look forward to this big one on Saturday.”

City had to change their training plans slightly on Wednesday (December 23rd) after heavy rain left the Failand pitches waterlogged, however Holden said it was a case of “adapting with what’s in front of us.”

Not that it has hampered preparations and Holden expressed how this week has allowed the players to refresh, as they look to end their three-game losing streak against Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe on Saturday.

“It was important to get a bit of respite after that Preston game and all the games we had -before it]. It was a poor couple of weeks results-wise, so it’s important to take a step back, see where we are, refresh the minds and to look forward to this Christmas period with the games in front of us. Everybody is refreshed, they’ve got the Preston game out of their system and we’re ready for the next one,” Holden said.

 

Both sides are seeking improved form over the Christmas and New Year period. While Wycombe sit bottom of the table, the Robins are ninth just three points outside the play-offs and there is a great opportunity ahead of them to keep pressure on the top six.

Holden continued: “The bigger picture is we’re three points outside the play-offs and there are 15 teams below us who would want to swap positions. We know we need to get back on track, get a performance and a result in against Wycombe but after what we’ve had to deal with in the world, not just football, it’s been difficult for everyone.

“We’re looking forward to getting back out there at Ashton Gate on Boxing Day and putting on a good display.”

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