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Holden’s disappointment after Brentford battle back

Dean Holden expressed his disappointment at a midweek defeat to Brentford but saw signs of encouragement with three months of the season remaining.

Zak Vyner put the Robins ahead inside just three minutes as City started the stronger but the Bees equalised through Sergi Canos.

Ivan Toney had been quiet but pounced with his 20th goal of the season to put Brentford ahead five minutes after the break, while Saman Ghoddos added a third before substitute Nahki Wells scored late for the Robins.

City continue to knock on the door just outside the play-off spots, and Holden was encouraged by their first half showing at the Brentford Community Stadium on Wednesday night

The head coach was impressed by Owura Edwards on his first Sky Bet Championship start, while Han-Noah Massengo also caught the eye in midfield and there was also a return to the pitch for Jamie Paterson after 10 weeks out through injury.

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Holden told Robins TV: “We’re disappointed to lose tonight against a team who I think are one of the best in the division. We came here with belief, we scored a goal early on from a great ball by Hunty and Zak gets there at the back post.

“I thought the first half was even, we had a real solid shape and won the ball in the mid-block, we counter-attacked but we weren’t able to take that second goal. We were disappointed to concede the equaliser but at half-time we were comfortable.

“We conceded early in the second half and that was difficult, but the boys kept going. Owura got 70 minutes on his first start and he can be pleased, Pato got 20 minutes and we have to go again in a big Severnside derby at home.”

Severnside derby

City have won each of their last four home games at Ashton Gate heading into Cardiff’s visit to BS3 (Saturday, February 6th, 3pm KO)., live on Robins TV.

Holden hopes to have Paterson and Joe Williams, as well as new signing Henri Lansbury, all vying for a starting spot. However, he will be without Hakeeb Adelakun for the rest of the season with a fractured back and Tommy Rowe for at least two months because of ligament strain on the outside of his knee.

“It’s all on for us now with three months in front of us. We’re still three points outside the play-offs,” said Holden. “We’re disappointed but we’re looking forward and it’s an important game on Saturday so we’ll be ready for it.”

Edwards praise

Holden praised 19-year-old winger Edwards saying: “He was positive in his play, he made things happen in the one-on-ones. It’s his first time at this level, he’s come back from loan a Grimsby Town, he’s done great and he can be pleased with that.”

He was also encouraged by Massengo, adding: “He’s another young player who has a lot of development in him. He’s not played as much as he’d have liked but he’s come in, put in a solid performance, he kept going and he’s getting more physical in his game. All these experiences against good teams are great for his learning.”

City versus Cardiff will be streamed live on Robins TV this Saturday from 2.30pm.

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