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Paterson Reveals Holden's Dark Side

Jamie Paterson is pleased to be avoiding more rough treatment from former Walsall team-mate Dean Holden now that the pair have been reunited at Ashton Gate.

Paterson was a nippy winger desperate to make a name for himself and Holden a robust full back coming to the end of his career when they were regular opponents in training back in 2012/13.

The younger man revealed he was not exempt from some tough love from Lee Johnson’s latest addition, but believes City’s new assistant head coach will add plenty to aid the team behind the scenes.

“I played with him towards the end of his career when he was at Walsall,” Paterson told Bristol City Player HD.

“He’s a good man who knows his football and he had a good career. But he was a dirty player – he used to take me out in training every day!

“He’ll be good to work with and it’s even better for me that I know him on a personal level, so I can speak to him whenever I need to.

“It’s a new voice with different opinions and fresh ideas – maybe that’s something we needed.

“He’ll definitely bring positivity and he’ll talk to the lads on a one-on-one basis, which is good.”

Paterson, who hails from Coventry, is relishing the prospect of returning to the Midlands to face Birmingham City at St Andrew’s tomorrow (3pm).

“Birmingham are a local club to me and they’ve done quite well at the start of the season – they’ve got a good team,” he added.

“They’ve got a couple of young players and it should be a good game. I’m sure they’ll be fearing playing us because it’ll be a difficult game for them too.

“It’s one I’m looking forward to. I’ll have a lot of family there and I’m sure we’ll take a good following as it’s not too far – it’s one of the local games to Bristol, even though it’s still two hours away!”

City’s match at Birmingham City has now sold out for away supporters, with all 1,710 tickets already snapped up.