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‘Players showed fight’ - Holden

Dean Holden praised the Robins for “moments of quality” and for “digging in” as City beat Hull City 2-1 at Ashton Gate.

Famara Diédhiou’s clinical finish and Jamie Paterson’s stunning free kick in off the bar from 25-yards gave City a two-goal advantage before the visitors replied through Jordy de Wijs’ header.

Here’s what the interim head coach told Robins TV:

Ingredients for success

“You can’t guarantee a result but if you show moments of quality like we did with the ball tonight and fight like they have been doing recently then they are good ingredients.

“The first half performance was the one we were looking for, in the second half we’ve had to dig in and fight and protect the box.

“There’s different ways to win a game and the most important thing was the three points but I was pleased with the performance, particularly in the first half.

“We scored two fantastic goals and then when Hull scored it got get a little nervy because it’s been a while since we had a win. But they put their bodies on the line”

Dean Holden, Jamie McAllister and Pat Mountain celebrate on the full-time whistle

Goals

“It was a fantastic free kick from Pato - he’s got that technique. Now we are looking for the next one. With the first goal (Diédhiou) in particular it’s dropped out of the sky and you’re thinking ‘is he going to hit this on the half-volley, is he going to rush it’ and, at the very last minute, it was a really nice piece of composure to play it into Fam and a good finish from the big man.”

Jamie Paterson curls home a stunning set-piece from 25-yards

Express yourselves

“I said to them beforehand just go out and play as if it was your first ever game of football, express yourselves. If things don’t go well for you keep working hard and stick together and, to a man, that is what they did.”

Lee Johnson support

“I got a lovely message off Lee today. I’ve spoken to him a few times over the last few days and he sent me a great message to pass on to the players.

“Saturday after the game we said the next one is going to be a win because the lads have been fighting so it was nice that we got the three points for everyone.”

Filip Benković drives forward from the heart of defence

Digging in

City had to bring on Zak Vyner after Nathan Baker was injured in the first minute and then weather a nervy spell following de Wijs’ goal.

"They produced tonight. I don’t think Filip Benković missed a header tonight. We didn’t get a clean-sheet but it’s great that they can look around at each other in the dressing room knowing they have dug that win out.

“It’s not easy for Zak to come on in that scenario but I thought he handled himself well and even Nagy came on at the end and and threw himself in front of something and goes down injured for it. That’s all we say to the players, leave everything on the pitch.

“Big Tom Eaves came on in the second half and gave us a problem but that’s the job of the defender – that’s what we expect of them.”

All smiles in camp as City return to winning ways

Middlesbrough - exclusive on Robins TV

City now travel to the Riverside Stadium to face Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough (July 11th) and the game is available exclusively to watch on Robins TV – as it will not be shown on Sky Sports’ Red Button facility.

Kick-off is at 3pm but tune in at 2pm for exclusive City matchday coverage.

Season Card holders who are yet to redeem their unique voucher sent to them via email still can, giving them access to each of City’s five scheduled remaining league games.

All non-Season Card holders are able to purchase a £10 matchday pass, which is only valid for Wednesday night’s fixture. Non-Season Card holders should note that only those City matches not selected for broadcast by Sky Sports are available.

Fans who subscribe can enjoy all the benefits of the Robins TV Live matchday production, which includes a pre-match show, half-time analysis, post-match reaction and the game itself inclusive of commentary and replays.

Head to the Robins TV website, login with your Bristol Sport Club Account, head to the packages page and select your matchday pass.

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