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‘It was an off night’ – Holden

Dean Holden was left disappointed at Ashton Gate as he witnessed his side suffer their first league defeat of the season to Middlesbrough.

A mistake at the back from Taylor Moore midway through the second half gave George Saville the game’s only goal on what was a ‘bad night’ for the Robins.

Adding to frustrations, City were denied a chance to pull level from the penalty spot when Tyreeq Bakinson appeared to be fouled inside the area before he could get a shot away, but the protests were waved away by the referee.

Head Coach Dean Holden told Robins TV: “We were second best all over the pitch, we never got going in the game. It was our first poor performance of the season and it was just a bad night and when you have those nights you try and get away at nil-nil and move on to the next one, but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be and we gave away a poor goal.

“Having said that, it’s as clear a penalty as you’ll see I think, which the referee has missed in the second half on Tyreeq. How that’s not been given I don’t know but there’s not a lot we can do about that.

“It was an off-night and we have to pick ourselves up. We’ve got another game in three days and we have to move on quickly.

“There was no real spark in the performance for whatever reason and we have to look at that of course, we will look at that. It’s one of those performances you sometimes get in the season, we can’t have too many of those and we need to find a response on Saturday, and we will. It will be a completely different game against Swansea, and we will be ready.”

In a game which also saw on-field captain Alfie Mawson stretchered off, Holden reflected on the goal conceded, saying it’s a mistake that will be learned from.

“We don’t want to play with too much risk around our box,” Holden added. “Tayls [Taylor Moore] has come in and apologised to everybody. It’s a decision on the pitch, it was a poor decision and it happens to young players and that’s where you learn, and we have to learn from it.

“I’ve not seen Alfie since we’ve gone in. It was a great recovery tackle but I’ve no idea on the extent of injury as yet.

“We have to move forward quickly. We have to look at why we performed not at our best tonight, we have to find the reason and we will, and then we move on quickly.”

The Robins are back in action on Saturday (October 24th, 3pm) when Swansea City visit BS3. The match is exclusively available on Robins TV, which can be purchased for £10.

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