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The players know where they went wrong - Holden

Dean Holden has been impressed with the response from his players as they look to get back to winning ways against a struggling Hull City.

The Robins succumbed to a 2-1 loss at home to Preston North End on Tuesday night and travel to the KCOM Stadium for their next Sky Bet Championship clash with Hull on Saturday.

The Tigers, 20th in the division, are without a win in their last five matches and have not picked up three points on home soil since the end of September.

City's defeat to Preston was only their third loss of the campaign but they slipped to fifth in the Championship.

The club's management held open discussions with the players in the wake of the Preston defeat and Holden is confident that lessons have been learnt.

Assistant head coach Holden told BCTV: "Preston came here and set up in a way which was difficult for us to play. We have to find ways of beating teams when they come here and do that as we have a reputation for our performances and results this season.

"Teams are going to come here and make it difficult; why wouldn't they so we have to find ways of being a little bit different.

"Last night we got away from our way of playing, that was the most frustrating thing. We had a really good open, honest debate with the players on Wednesday morning.

"They are the ones playing on the pitch so they are the ones that have to give us the insights as we watch on the video, on the sidelines.

"They are the ones experiencing this problem-solving exercise in the game so it was a very good discussion."


"We have to find ways of beating teams when they come here and do that as we have a reputation for our performances and results this season."

Dean Holden


He added: "It's important that you move forward quickly from a defeat. There were a lot of disappointed faces after the game, as you would expect, but as soon as that was put to bed, we were bright and breezy and we're ready to go and get ready for the Hull game on Saturday.

"We want to see the players exercise our style of play that we have put in place this season, based on the group that we have.

"On Tuesday there were far too many long balls up the pitch, not giving Milan (Djuric) any chance to get over the ball. It is alright to acknowledge that but you have to find the reasons why and I think we have done that in the meeting this morning.

"We will see come the weekend in the performance but the players have given reasons as to why they adopted a different style and that is great for coaches because it gives us an insight into what the players are thinking.

"On Thursday and Friday as we gear towards Hull we will be about getting back to what we are good at, what we have done well this season, how we can get our attacking players on the ball in key areas and create opportunities.

"We didn't create too much on Tuesday night but we had the best opportunities. It could have been a 3-2 home win but we still would have been disappointed with the performance.


"We have a group this season that are very open, very honest. You can see that in the discussions that we have. Everybody has a voice and they are very much prepared to acknowledge when they could do better and help the team more in certain scenarios.

"That for us is fantastic and it gives us confidence that we are going to have a really good season because there's a feeling of being together and being accountable.

"What we said after the Preston game was what did you do after the Leeds game? They went and beat Crystal Palace which was a difficult game after a bad performance against Leeds.

"Saturday is a tough match against Hull and they haven't been in great form themselves this season. They are full of ex-Premier League and international players so we are under no illusions whatsoever.

"The focus is firmly on us and getting back to our attacking style of play."

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