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Posted Sunday, August 12th 2018

Kelly catches Holden’s eye

Dean Holden saluted Lloyd Kelly after the left-back took his chance "in his stride” in the 2-2 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

Kelly replaced Fulham signing Joe Bryan in City's only change from the starting line-up that secured a point against Nottingham Forest in the season opener.

Along with Jay Dasilva, who signed from Chelsea on transfer deadline day and travelled with the squad to the north west, City continue to have options on the left-side of defence.

And the travelling 750-plus City fans were not disappointed by the showing of the 19-year-old Academy product, who penned a new three-year deal in June, much to the delight of the coaching staff.

Assistant head coach Dean Holden said: “Lloyd has waited patiently for his chance but he took it in his stride and it was a solid performance from him.

“He has got all the attributes to go as far as he wants to go. He looks effortless at times. He has a lot of things he needs to add to his game of course but I’m sure they will come. His biggest strength is he is humble and willing to learn and listen and work every day.

“He’s got Premier league attributes - he’s six foot three and has a lovely left foot. We have high hopes for him and if he keeps his head down he can go right to the very top.”

Kelly in action at the University of Bolton Stadium

Holden praised the battling nature of the team after recovering from two goals down to rescue a deserved point, courtesy of strikes from Andreas Weimann and Jamie Paterson.

“We’ve got a good spirit in the squad,” he added. “That was one of our biggest strengths last season.

“We’ve lost two or three players but we are very pleased with the lads we have brought in.

“They’ve settled in straight away and they’ve shown today the work-rate for the team. Weimann works his socks off up top and it was great to get Markey Watkins his debut.

“A never-say-die attitude is one of our biggest strengths and we have shown it today in spades.”

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