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Dean Holden has praised Liam Walsh for his daily never-give-up attitude that has pushed him closer to regular first team football.
The midfielder took the plaudits for his second-half performance against Stoke City as the Robins did everything but score against the Potters.
The 45 minutes was the longest spell Walsh has had in a Sky Bet Championship match this season and assistant coach Holden told BCTV: “Walshy deserves his opportunity, first and foremost for how he trains every single day.
"He’s spent large periods out of the team since he’s been here and that’s obviously a huge frustration for him because he is a born winner and he wants to win everything single things he does.
"Walshy gets in the manager’s eyeline through his performances at training every day and he is a player we value very highly.
“He got his opportunity at half-time against Stoke City. He took the game by the scruff of the neck and got us on the front foot and in good areas of the pitch and obviously he comes into the reckoning for the weekend against Reading.”
Walsh, who has made eight appearances since moving to BS3 in January, said: “It was good to get some minutes against Stoke.
"That’s all I’ve wanted all this season, just to show the gaffer how well I can play, and hopefully he gives me a few more chances.
"Hopefully I can just work my way into the tea and put in some good performances for the squad.”
He added that City were disappointed with the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City but encouraged by the second-half display.
“That was more like the Bristol City that the fans know, and that we know, because we play like that every day in training. I think that gives us a massive boost going into the Reading game,” he said.
“Even it was a loss we deserved a lot more from our performance. We’ve had high intensity training this week so we can’t wait to go into the game.”
City will be urged on by 2,159 in a sold-out away end and Walsh added: “Each game that we see our travelling fans it gives us a massive boost.
"We can hear them on the pitch and it gives us a lot of confidence going into the game, especially when the fans are behind us, and it makes us want to get the three points and do it for them.”
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