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Posted Tuesday, April 10th 2018

Holden eyes end to Blues run

Dean Holden believes City can find the formula which served them well in the first half of the season, starting with Birmingham City's trip to Ashton Gate tonight.

A win for City would end the Blues' run of four games without defeat (three wins, one draw), as they endure a mini revival under new boss Garry Monk.

Historically, a win for the Robins would be their first victory over Birmingham City since November 2nd 1993.

However, they aren't playing history and a win at the Gate followed by taking confidence to Middlesbrough at the weekend, could put City back in control of their play-off hunt.

Assistant head coach Dean Holden told BCTV: "We know we're a good result and performance or two could turn things for us.

"Garry and his staff have done very well, very quickly despite Birmingham City looking down and out at one point. They're on a great run of form at the moment.

"We know about their threats, their style of football, their strengths so hopefully we can end their run."

WHAT HE SAID:

"We know about their threats, their style of football, their strengths so hopefully we can end their run."

Assistant head coach, Dean Holden

UNDER THE LIGHTS AT THE GATE

Tonight's Sky Bet Championship fixture will be City's final evening game of the regular season.

The players are keen to perform in front of their own fans and know what impact a roaring, bouncing Ashton Gate can have.

Holden continued: "The fans will come here wanting a big performance from the players, there's no question about that. Recently we've not been up to the form or results seen earlier in the season and we're keen to put that right.

"It's the challenge for us and what a fantastic challenge that is. The fans will come to support us and it's up to the players to get them out of their seats and get them cheering us on. The players are fully aware of what they have to do.

"There is only one thing you can do in situations like this and that's pull together; strength in unity is always better than being an individual so we know what we have to do.

"Those are cheap words until we get over the line but we are keen to put on a good performance and get a good result."

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