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Holden discusses importance of reflection

There are now four months until the next international break, making the upcoming, demanding period arguably the toughest of the season.

The games will come thick and fast - starting with the visit of Nottingham Forest this Saturday (November 23rd, 3pm) - the first of 24 Sky Bet Championship fixtures between now and March, not forgetting the prospect of an Emirates FA Cup run amid a packed schedule.

Within that, the coaching staff and players will find the time to reflect and learn from each game – a vitally important aspect off the pitch as City look to continue their strong challenge to date.

Reflecting on the latest international period – offering the majority of the City squad a rest - Assistant Head Coach Dean Holden explained: “It was a break, an opportunity to reflect without the pressure of a game coming so it was a chance to go into detail on things we have done well as a club and things we need to improve as well.

“We have got back into training and the lads are fine, they are buzzing for the game at the weekend.

“It’s so important to reflect on what’s gone on before. We are now in a period of four months before the next break, games come around the corner and we will need time to reflect. We have used the time to assess everything and we’re in a good place.”

City return to action this weekend sitting sixth in the Championship standings, their opponents Nottingham Forest sit fifth with both sides in good form.

Holden continued: “We’d like to be a bit higher in the table but we’re in a great position in the mix with great games coming up none more so than Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate and supporters can’t wait for that one. It’s been a while since we played at home so everyone is gearing up for what will be a good game and three points for us.”

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Watch: Holden previews Forest visit to BS3