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Holden praises Robins’ solid structure

Dean Holden praised the Robins’ ‘solid structure’ as they claimed a point against Watford.

Holden’s side backed up a resolute first half by taking the game to the Hornets after the break with Antoine Semenyo going close on several occasions down the left.

The goal eluded the Robins but Holden was satisfied that City are now unbeaten in four games in which they have conceded just one goal.

Clean sheets

“Clean sheets are a big part of a successful season,” Holden told Robins TV. “Particularly against a team like Watford who have players in those forward areas such as Ismaïlia Sarr, Andre Gray and Troy Deeney off the bench.

“If Sarr isolates you he can be a real threat in this division but I thought we kept him quiet tonight. I was pleased with the defensive display and I thought we had a real structure to the team.

“It was a first half of limited chances for both teams, but the message was the same as it was on Saturday against Derby, ‘keep the back door shut and we know we’ll get chances’ and I thought we were the better team in the second half.”

Solid structure

“Certainly in that Huddersfield game following the Norwich game it was a case of getting back and having a good solid structure but still maintaining a threat in those attacking areas and we have done that really well in the last few games.

“We made changes to try and win the game and were pushing for the winner at the end there and but for a little better finishing we might have won it but it’s a big point against a team who I think are going to be right up there. It keeps the run going, the spirit is good and we roll on to Saturday against Reading.

“You wouldn’t want to play against Antoine would you. When he gets defenders squared up in the box, he can go either way and he’s a threat. I think one of the crosses has come off Ben Foster’s stud and gone through Fam’s legs. It just didn’t come off. We had the big one at the end for Taylor Moore and it’s just skewed over the bar. We were pushing towards the end and it just wasn’t to be.”

Dan Bentley

"Bents didn’t have a lot to do tonight against a big team but when called upon it as a fantastic save. Obviously that is what he is there today but it’s a big save and he is a top goalkeeper.

Tomas Kalas injury

Tomas Kalas missed the game with a tight quad and Holden said: “We have our fingers crossed that this is one of those injuries which is a short turnaround. – he didn’t feel right and felt something in his quad so we had to be sensible. If you miss a couple of weeks you are probably missing five or six games with this schedule.

“So we didn’t want to risk him. The boys who came in did a great job and let’s keep our fingers crossed for Kalas.”

Saturday's trip to Reading's Madejski Stadium will again be live on Sky Sports (November 28th, 12.30pm KO), meaning it will not be available to purchase or to Season Card holders on Robins TV. 

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