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Posted Tuesday, November 3rd 2020

Holden delighted with bench impact

Dean Holden explained how a tactical switch, combined with the impact of the Robins substitutions, helped City overcome Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Jamie Paterson came off the bench to score the 83rd-minute winner, while Antoine Semenyo was introduced to play his part in both goals too.

With City behind at the break through Josh Koroma’s goal, Semenyo assisted Jay Dasilva’s equaliser, before hitting the post in a goalmouth frenzy which eventually led to Paterson crashing home the late winner.

Famara Diédhiou had earlier come off the bench as Holden changed shape to help give the Robins a platform to turn the game in their favour – a move which ultimately came to fruition.

All that came after Nahki Wells had hit the crossbar early in the match and Zak Vyner went close with a header before the Terriers took the lead.

However, City, who lost Tyreeq Bakinson in the warm-up to a severe headache and was replaced by Ádám Nagy, bounced back to earn their first win since early October and rise to sixth in the Sky Bet Championship table, much to the delight of the Robins head coach.

 

“I’m thrilled for everybody concerned, particularly the supporters, because it’s been a while since we got a win,” said Holden. “It’s 12 months since we’ve come from behind to get a win so that’s a big stat we can stick in the bin and it shows we have character.

“In the little time we’ve had since Saturday we have worked hard on our shape. We opened ourselves too early and easily against Norwich and they punished us, so tonight was about maintaining an attacking threat but at the same time making sure the distances and shape of the team was good.”

Holden acknowledged Huddersfield capitalised on a “lapse of concentration”, meaning there would be work to do in the second half and the squad responded.

Holden explained: “The first 15 minutes in the second half was about maintaining our shape, staying in the game and then making tactical changes to try and win the game. I was really pleased and again we’ve seen the substitutes impact the game in a positive way.”

Up next for the Robins is a trip to take on Cardiff City in South Wales this Friday night (November 6th, 6pm KO). It is live on Sky Sports but because of EFL broadcast rights, the match will not be available to supporters via Robins TV.

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