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Posted Monday, April 9th 2018

In brief: Pre-Birmingham City home press conference

Dean Holden met the media ahead of tomorrow night's Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham City at Ashton Gate.

City's assistant head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with Nathan Baker.

Here's what they had to say:

DEAN HOLDEN

- Holden says there's still frustration around but insists everyone is "eager to put things right".

- Assistant head coach says City must "create opportunities, get balls into the box and get supporters out of their seats."

- Holden full of praise for the way in which Garry Monk has given Birmingham a chance of staying up "having previously looked dead and buried".

- Holden reveals Lee Johnson has yet to select his starting XI yet, adding: "He's going to sleep on it...it's not just about going all-out attack but we need to create some opportunities."

- He adds: "We have to be brave, with or without the ball, and to be a tough team to play against."

- Speaking about his own post-match address to the players at the New Den, Holden said: "The actual contents will remain in the dressing room, but I think emotions took over - nothing personal - but just about standards and a desire to finish the season on a high."

- Callum O'Dowda came through unscathed following his first appearance since November.

- Hordur Magnusson trained today after a recent knee injury. 

NATHAN BAKER

- Baker says it's a fight for the play-offs now and it's time for City to knuckle down.

- Defender admits the dressing room is hurting from the recent "dip in form".

- Baker believes other teams have changed their tact and says 'we have to turn up on the day against Birmingham' after recent defeats against Brentford and Millwall.

- The former Villa man says Birmingham will be dangerous as they are battling to stay in the division. 

- Baker admits niggly injuries haven't helped him in recent times, but says he's 100% fit now.

- He says there's a bit of extra motivation for an ex-Villa player against Birmingham, but added: "I'm a Bristol City player, so I'm doing it for this club, not Villa."

- Baker strongly believes City deserve a play-off spot and asks for supporters to stick with the team on Tuesday night. 

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