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Posted Friday, February 19th 2021

“It’s up to us to turn it around’ – Bentley

Dan Bentley says the players have a responsibility to turn their fortunes around amidst a poor run of form heading into Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Barnsley (February 20th, 3pm KO).

City endured a sixth consecutive defeat in all competitions in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Reading, which subsequently led to Dean Holden’s dismissal as head coach.

Assistant Head Coaches Keith Downing and Paul Simpson have now taken joint first team duties as City look to get their season back on track.

And goalkeeper Bentley says City will look to bounce back, admitting the players have to take a share of the responsibility for the situation.

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“As players we have to take a degree of responsibility for the gaffer losing his job,” Bentley told Robins TV. “We are the ones who go onto the pitch and try to enforce what we’ve been told to do and what we’ve worked on. If we haven’t executed that correctly then certainly a degree of responsibility falls on the players and I take some of that.

“It’s sad he (Holden) has lost his job, it wasn’t for the want of trying, effort or endeavour but football is results-based and as we see, the buck stops with the manager. If you’d have asked him prior to taking the job he’d have understood that, it hasn’t worked out as we’d have liked but this is football.”

Need to respond

Bentley and his teammates now prepare for Barnsley’s trip to Ashton Gate, which presents another chance to show a much-needed response and stop the losing run.

He continued: “There was a degree of sadness after the [Reading] game, we’ve had a chance to reflect but we swiftly move on to the next game. We’re looking to go out and give a response, and do that for Deano, give the performance that warrants our respect of him as a manager.

“There needs to be a response, regardless of whether the manager kept his job or not. A decision was made and now we have to adapt and move forward. There’s no time to mope in the moment, the Championship is quick and fast so we have to move on, bounce back and show character. The last six or seven games haven’t been good enough. The quicker we do that, the quicker we can build momentum and move forward.

“We know we have a quality squad for sure. So much has been made of our injuries and I for one am not using it as an excuse, because we have the quality and depth to compete at this level. We should be in a better position; we should show more on the pitch and get better results.”

Robins TV

City v Barnsley will be streamed live on Robins TV with the Matchday Show starting at 2.30pm. Rene Gilmartin will be a pundit and co-commentator for the test at Ashton Gate, with the programme costing £10.

The livestream will consist of multi-angle and multi-replay production. The match has been selected for international overseas broadcast, meaning only supporters inside the UK will be able to watch the match on Robins TV, along with fans in dark markets which have not secured international coverage.

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