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Dave Barton


Posted Friday, December 28th 2018

The Inside Line: Pre-Rotherham United

Dean Holden and Adam Webster look ahead to the final game of 2018 against Rotherham United. 

Dean Holden on:

Game management
“There are a lot of positives to take from the run we have been on. In the last three games we are a bit frustrated that we haven’t been able to see those games out and take maximum points. We are working hard in training on game management, when we get into those positions can we see those games out, when you get the chance to go 2-0 for example. I remember at Derby, Famara Diédhiou hit the crossbar and the home fans were just starting to turn on the home team – and that was a big moment.

"In other games when the opposition are a goal down late in the game they are going to throw everything at you. If you look at the Brentford goal we’ve lost focus for 15 seconds where the ball has gone out for a throw-in and we haven’t switched on quickly enough and we have been punished heavily for it. But we are a new group, a young team and you have to go through those experiences to learn."

Famara Diédhiou hit the bar against Derby
Korey Smith is back running on grass

Squad strength
“The squad is strong at the moment. There’s only Korey (Smith) and Walshy (Liam Walsh) out injured. Korey did some running on the grass yesterday which was fantastic to see. It’s a buoyant camp at the moment and we have that desire and burning ambition to get a home win.

"The rigours of the games can be tough mentally and physically throughout the whole season but especially at Christmas. We try and get the guys out on the grass post game to go through some scenarios of what we did well and what we can improve on but it’s making sure than when they go into the next game they have a full tank of energy.”

Zak Vyner
“I spoke to Paul Warne (Rotherham manager) a couple of weeks ago and he was talking very highly about Zak, not just his performances on the pitch but how he has handled himself off the pitch. That’s a fantastic thing to hear about a young player who is coming through our academy and says a lot about the way we do things. We have 19 players out on loan and that’s brilliant for them to be getting first team football. A couple of them have got some big cup ties coming up in the next couple of weeks as well”

Zak Vyner is impressing at Rotherham United but can't play against City today
Adam Webster has settled in to life in BS3

Adam Webster on:

Playing regularly and leadership
“I’m loving it in Bristol, really settling in and feel right at home. When you are playing every week it definitely helps.

"I feel I have taken more of a step up in terms of being a leader which I haven’t done in previous clubs because there has always been someone who has done that over me but I’ve had to do that here and am enjoying it. The legs feeling good and it’s probably the best I’ve every felt.”

Team spirit
“It’s six unbeaten; we would have liked to get more a couple more wins out of those games but confidence is high and hopefully we can get that win tomorrow.

"The lads are brilliant and there are no bad eggs in the camp. Everyone is pulling in the right direction and that helps.”


Everyone is pulling in the right direction says Webster