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Posted Friday, January 25th 2019

Holden praises squad ethos

Dean Holden has highlighted the winning mentality that City’s players bring to daily training.

The Robins assistant head coach Holden has been impressed with a competitive edge that stretches from training ground to the ten-pin bowling alley, where the players had some squad fun at the start of this week.

“We want to keep the run going, whether it’s the FA Cup or a league game, a training game or even ten-pin bowling - we want to win,” said Holden.

“A strength this season has been the way the players have trained every day and the winning habits they have brought themselves and the coaching staff have put into them as well.

“Everybody is playing a part, whether they’re a player, a coach, support staff, everybody at the training ground is making a huge contribution. It’s been a really tough period through Christmas and New Year with not many days off for the support staff especially and we really appreciate the help they have given everybody.

“We’ve had a few injuries like every club but I think players see opportunities. In recent weeks players have come off the bench and made a huge impact and who doesn’t want to be part of a winning team? We are going well in the league, we are in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, there is a real feel-good factor around the place and it’s great to be a part of.”

Holden’s first club Bolton Wanderers are back at Ashton Gate tomorrow night (Friday) for the second time in two weeks following the Sky Bet Championship match.  

“For me going into a game like this, against one of my old clubs, there’ll be a lot of interest in the build-up with friends and family," he added. "I’ve got some great memories – it was a club that I was at from 12 years old and there for over 10 years.

"I made my professional debut there and played with some incredible players and worked with some brilliant managers as well so it was an incredible time for me. But that build-up stops come kick-off. Professional pride kicks in and you want to win the game so the emphasis is on preparing the players as well as we can for a big game.

“We know how tough Bolton can be. We’ve obviously watched them at length in recent weeks, having played them recently in the league, so we know their strengths but the focus will be on us and make sure we stick to our standards.”

Tickets remain on general sale for the Fourth Round contest (January 25th, 7.45pm KO) and can be secured here.

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