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Holden targets strong finish

City have the chance to end the regular season on a high and they are targeting maximum points over the next two games.

First up are Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday (July 18th, 3pm) where Interim Head Coach Dean Holden wants his side to take their game to the Swans.

It’s a match-up between two teams who could still catch up with Cardiff City in the race for the play-offs, though Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City means that outcome is more difficult for the Robins.

Holden’s side are five points off sixth place heading into their penultimate game of the campaign, with Swansea two places and two points ahead.

“No matter what other teams do, we will focus on ourselves,” Holden said. “There’s still plenty to play for, for sure, and we want to finish the season with six points.

“We’ll concentrate on getting our performance right and hopefully finish the season with six points for a number of reasons: mainly to get the supporters excited about next season. There’s a quick turnaround so that’s our aim.

“Everyone has their own motivations and ultimately it’s about professional pride. We have top professionals at the football club and a lot of work has gone in behind the scenes to make sure the culture is right and that we have good professionals.

“I’ve spoken to the players after the Stoke game to make sure they’re are back on it, ready for this game against Swansea. It’s not about going there and seeing how we get on, it’s about getting on the front foot and trying to win the game.”

Holden has former Swansea man Ashley Williams (suspension) and Benik Afobe (illegible against Stoke) back in contention for the trip west along the M4.

With the games coming thick and fast since the restart, and just two matches remaining between now and next Wednesday, changes may be required.

“They’re back into the reckoning, as does everyone,” Holden said, when asked about his returning players. “They’ve responded in training and are right at it.

“It was a huge exertion in the game the other night (v Stoke) so whether we freshen it up or not, we will have to see how the players recover.”

BRISTOL CITY V SWANSEA CITY - ROBINS TV

The match is only available to watch on Robins TV – with pre-match coverage starting from 2pm – as it will not be shown on Sky Sports’ Red Button facility.

Season Card holders who are yet to redeem their unique voucher sent to them via email still can, giving them access to the final scheduled remaining league games.

All non-Season Card holders are able to purchase a £10 matchday pass, which is only valid for Saturday's fixture. Non-Season Card holders should note that only those City matches not selected for broadcast by Sky Sports are available.

Head to the Robins TV website, login with your Bristol Sport Club Account, head to the packages page and select your matchday pass.

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