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James Crawley


Posted Thursday, January 17th 2019

The Inside Line: Pre-Nottingham Forest away

Catch the key messages from Assistant Head Coach Dean Holden and left-back Jay Dasilva, ahead of City's trip to face Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.

Dean Holden:

Managing confidence against complacency

"The lads are confident at the moment of course. We’re on a very good run of form and there’s a feel-good factor around the training ground. Winning games brings momentum and our individual performances have been good. There’s a fine line between being confident and being complacent and it’s something we need to be guarded against."

Holden keen to keep City ship steady
More than 1,300 City fans are making the trip at the weekend

Expected atmosphere

"We can’t wait for a great game at the weekend. Nottingham Forest have appointed a club legend in Martin O’Neill and I’m sure the atmosphere will be back like it used to be. He played when they won the European Cup so we can’t wait for it.

“I’m looking forward to getting to chat to him after the game. He’s a great football person to listen to and learn from…he’s a legend of the club and the atmosphere will be rocking at the weekend.

"It’s another big test for us and they have a big squad with good players and they’re in a handy position but we’re in good form ourselves as well."

Impact from the bench

"If you look at our run we have won in different ways. Wining from behind is a good habit to have. We had good impact from the bench and that’s been a feature of our play. I remember Joe Morrell at Ipswich, Bailey at Stoke after nine months out, coming into a tough atmosphere and doing well and that’s testament to the players’ character.

"We had a discussion at half-time [against Bolton], depending on the scoreline we could have changed formation, give the game a go. It was always going to happen [bringing on multiple substitutions at once], the gaffer’s been bold before and this worked. Both players (Matty Taylor and Kasey Palmer) made an impact with their goals and Jay Dasilva came on and performed really well.

Palmer made his City debut from the bench on Saturday
Taylor proved inspirational in City overcoming Bolton last weekend

On Taylor’s involvement

"We don’t regard him as an impact sub at all. He’s a fantastic footballer, a great lad and he's so popular. He makes sure he is one of the characters to always lift the mood and he impacts games. He’s proved he’s a natural goalscorer and we’re delighted to have him."

Fielding’s fitness

"He’s in full training now and looking good. It’s good to see him back on the training pitch, he’s a fantastic character to have around."

Frank Fielding has recovered from earlier illness and injury

Listen: Pre-Nottingham Forest away press conferences

Jay Dasilva:

The positive run

"Everyone’s confident, everyone’s happy. We’re 10 games unbeaten now so the mood is very positive and hopefully we can keep that going."

Palmer's header extended City's unbeaten run to 10 games
The England U21 pair are good friends

Competing alongside Lloyd Kelly

"It’s going well and I’m enjoying every minute here. Lloydy and I are good mates on and off the pitch. We get along well and competition for places is healthy, it keeps us on our toes and at a good level.

"We always talk about what has happened here, what’s gone well and bad just to help each other’s game, being mates."

Knowing Tyreeq Bakinson at Luton Town

"I know Tyreeq from playing at Luton. He’s a year younger than me so we didn’t play in the same team but I have younger brothers who have played with him.

"There have been some good talents who have been produced at Luton!"

Bakinson is currently enjoying a successful loan at Newport County
Dasilva is half-way through his loan spell

Thoughts on the future

"I’m enjoying every minute of it here: the city, the people, the club, players, fans and staff have made it really good.

"I’m focused on the now, game-by-game, day-by-day, just working hard to stay at a top level."

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