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Posted Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Holden reflects on "fantastic performance"

Dean Holden believes City could have beaten Fulham if Lady Luck had been a little more on their side on Wednesday night.

City had to fight back from 1-0 down at home to Fulham, with Bobby Reid's equaliser earning the Robins a share of the spoils.

City kept Fulham, a side who boast the best possession and passing stats in the league, fairly quiet for much of the game and they saw a number of chances go begging as they pushed for a winner.

Assistant head coach Holden told BCTV he felt City were the better side after going a goal down early in the fixture.

He said: "I thought we could have nicked it. I don't think the ball dropped enough which sounds a bit of a cliché but we created a lot of momentum.

"We sat off them too much in the first 20 minutes, they got the goal and we needed to get more aggressive, get on the front and stop them playing.

"After those 20 minutes we took control of the game, we created momentum with set pieces where the delivery was fantastic. We played with aggression but it just didn't fall for us on the night.

"We have taken a point against a good team. Fulham are the inform team in the Championship so we have to back that up with three points away at Cardiff City on Sunday."

WHAT HE SAID

"We played with aggression but it just didn't fall for us on the night."

Assistant head coach, Dean Holden

'WE RALLIED AND FOUGHT BACK INTO IT'

Holden continued: "Our character is unquestionable but it's good they have shown it when under pressure because a lot of questions have been asked recently. To go a goal down against a good Fulham side is always difficult but the lads rallied, we got back to our style of play and showed that aggression.

"We showed energy on the pitch and on another night we might have taken all three points. It was a fantastic display and if we had won the game I think the headlines would be 'Fantastic Home Performance.' That's what it was, just without the points.

"We're still in the mix, we're still sixth at the moment so there's all to play for. We have the derby at the weekend, a sell-out crowd supporting us so it's going to be a great afternoon against Cardiff City and a fantastic end of the season to come."

VIEW ON PENALTY APPEALS

Aden Flint ended up in a heap on the floor in the first half, claiming shirt pulling in the box before there were further calls for handball after the break. Both appeals were dismissed by the referee.

Speaking about the incidents, Holden said: "Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't.

"Flinty's looked more like a penalty although I haven't seen them back. It looked as though the Fulham player was all over his shirt but it's frustrating.

"The message we always get is that the fourth official is there to give decisions but it's rare they do that. If he's not sure then he can't give a decision and sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't."

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