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Holden pleased with relentless City

Dean Holden was pleased with how City’s players dealt with a stubborn Bolton Wanderers side, overcoming the Sky Bet Championship’s bottom club 2-0 at Ashton Gate.

Famara Diédhiou and Aden Flint scored the crucial goals as City made it ten unbeaten in all competitions.

On the night Bolton proved difficult, defensive-minded opponents, who weren’t helped by the dismissal of Felipe Morais on the stroke of half-time.

Speaking on BCTV, Holden said: “We bossed possession in the first half but didn’t play with as much adventure as we would have liked.

“We were up against tight opposition who were never going to be too expansive. They made it difficult for us.

“Fam (Diédhiou) is getting in the right areas now and he’s adding the goals to his game, which gave us the breakthrough.

“The sending-off at half-time was a pivotal moment and in the second half we took over the game. I think it helped us.

“We played with a lot more width in the second half and kept tiring them out. We knew we could drain them and their confidence."

WHAT HE SAID

“We were up against tight opposition who were never going to be too expansive. They made it difficult for us."

Assistant head coach Dean Holden

“We probably could have won by a few more goals and (Bolton goalkeeper) Mark Howard has had a fantastic game for them.

“Flinty (Aden Flint) has scored one off his back; it was a great strike from Packy (Marlon Pack) and Flinty has run off like he’s scored a screamer. He gets in the right places though, he’s got a real striker’s head on him.

“We’ll take the 2-0 win and another clean sheet – that’s three on the spin now. There’s a lot of optimism around, which is fantastic to see, but we aren’t getting carried away.”

PACK BANNED

The only downside on the night was Marlon Pack’s fifth yellow card of the season, ruling him out of Saturday’s trip to Ipswich Town.

Holden added: “He’s a central midfielder and he’ll pick up bookings, but it opens up a door for others at Ipswich now. That’s why we’ve worked hard to build a strong squad.”

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