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James Crawley

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Posted Tuesday, August 21st 2018

Holden calls for City reaction

The assistant head coach has called on the squad to respond, following their weekend defeat.

Just a little over 72 hours since their match with Middlesbrough concluded, City travel to Loftus Road where they go in search of their first win of the season.

It's the same case for their Tuesday night hosts, QPR, who go into the Sky Bet Championship fixture off the back of a 7-1 defeat to West Brom.

"The best thing that can happen after a defeat, especially after a home defeat, is another game quickly and we’ve got a great game on Tuesday night down at QPR," Holden said.

"Loftus Road is a tight pitch, it’s close and on top of you. It will be a good atmosphere and we’re taking a decent following with us again, so the lads are looking forward to it.

"We’re obviously disappointed with the way we started the game on Saturday (v Boro) - the two goals we conceded in the first half, from our point of view, were poor goals but we responded very well in the second half."

It's the second-half showing which City displayed at the weekend, which Holden wants to see from the side from the first whistle tonight.

"We showed that attacking intent and that aggressiveness in the press which we did so well last season," Holden continued. "So that’s what we’ll be looking to of on Tuesday - start with that second-half mentality and make sure we go after QPR in the right areas and try to get that first win.

"QPR are a wounded animal to some extent, Obviously they got a hiding at the weekend but they’ve got a very experienced manager [Steve McLaren] who is somebody I have the upmost respect for, so no doubt they’ll be looking for a reaction, especially coming back home they’ll be wanting to make sure they get back to tight and disciplined.

"From our point of view of course, we’re looking for a reaction too.

"We’ve not picked up the points yet that we feel our performances have deserved (drawn two, lost one). In the second half on Saturday, we created some decent chances, hit the woodwork a couple of times and we need to see a reaction."

INJURIES

  • Nathan Baker has had an injection and could be fit in time for Saturday’s trip to Swansea but misses the trip to QPR
  • Bailey Wright not yet back in training
  • Jens Hegeler has returned to training
  • Korey Smith is due for an operation today, after injuring his knee against Middlesbrough.

TICKETS AND BCTV+

Tickets remain on general sale for tonight's fixture.

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However, if you're not able to make the match at Loftus Road tomorrow, fans can watch the game live on BCTV+ for the very first time.

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