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Posted Friday, February 9th 2018

In brief: Pre-Sunderland home press conference

Dean Holden met the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship encounter with Sunderland in BS3.

The City assistant head coach answered questions from the local and national press, along with Liverpool loanee Ryan Kent.

Here's what they had to say:

DEAN HOLDEN

- Frank Fielding has returned to training after his groin injury.

- Gary O'Neil back in training and Eros Pisano is involved in light, non-contact training.

- Holden confirms the team spent the week in Dubai.

- Assistant head coach says team worked on tactics, saying: "Teams are aware of our strengths now and it's up to us to work on other ways to break teams down."

- Holden says the new players were able to integrate with their teammates, while head coach Lee Johnson was also able to hold one-to-one meetings with his squad players.

- The coach added his thanks to owner Steve Lansdown for approving the trip to Dubai.

- Holden says he bumped into 1990 World Cup winner Lothar Matthäus in Dubai, who "knew all about Bristol City".

- Looking ahead to the Sunderland game, Holden says: "They'll probably approach the game in a similar manner to Bolton."

- Holden is looking forward to another bumper crowd at Ashton Gate of 22,000-plus.

RYAN KENT

- Winger says: “It’s been an intense period of games, so it was a good time to go away to a different environment.”

- Kent says it was a good time to bond with his new teammates.

- Liverpool loanee says he feels settled after getting a few games under his belt for the club.

- Kent pleased with his performances in recent games, after starting against QPR and Bolton.

- He adds: “It’s about adding my strengths to the team and the way we play, it suits my style. The gaffer didn’t need to sell the club to me at all.”

- Kent believes Sunderland will operate with a similar mentality to Bolton seven days ago.

- “We may need to show some patience on the afternoon,” he adds.

- Kent says the team have reflected on their disappointing defeat at Bolton.

- Reflecting on his time at SC Freiburg, Kent says: “I would have liked more game time but it was still a great experience.”

- He adds: “In one of my first games I was up against Bayern Munich’s (Jerome) Boateng and (Mats) Hummels in front of 80,000.”

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