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‘Players need to believe in themselves’ - Holden

Dean Holden eyes confidence in the camp as a key component to City’s five-game run-in.

He is aiming to guide City to a positive outcome when he takes charge of their match against Hull City on Wednesday (July 8th, 6pm KO).

Results have not gone their way, particularly since the restart last month and the side have now lost four games in a row heading into the midweek contest with the relegation-threatened Tigers.

 

But Holden says there is belief among the playing group and staff and that everyone has to “spread that energy” and “feed off each other” in their quest for improved results.

“Confidence is a huge thing for any footballer; believing in yourself and how good you are,” he told Robins TV in the pre-match interview. “The players wouldn’t be at this football club, at this level, if they weren’t great footballers. We believe in them as staff and they have to go out there and spread that energy around their teammates and feed off each other.

“We have to keep going of course, the message to the players was ‘nobody is on the beach, it’s not going to be accepted.’ They’re a squad of great characters and there’s many reasons we want to get this season finishing on a high.

“How hard is it for a supporter at the moment when they can’t get to the stadium to support your team? It’s been a crazy time due to COVID-19, so we owe it to our supporters, to put smiles on their faces, for their hard-earned money, they’re paying to watch us online and for the difficulties they’re going through.

“Professional pride is huge and ultimately, it’s about enjoying life again. It’s about going home having given everything, won the match and your kids, your wife or the parents being proud of you in what you’ve done.

“A lot of people’s lives are affected: the supporters, the players, the staff. With five games in front of us, we are only focussing on the next one.”

Robins TV

The match will be live on Robins TV. The Robins TV Live show starts at 5pm, is free to Season Card holders and available with a £10 matchday pass to all non Season-Card holders. The match is not on being broadcast on Sky Sports and is not on the red button.

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