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Training boost ahead of Derby County clash

Dean Holden oversaw training on City’s new Failand pitches as the squad prepares for tomorrow’s trip to Pride Park (January 30th, 3pm).

Their usual surfaces were waterlogged, presenting an opportunity to practice on the new training pitches which from part of the state-of-the-art, multi-million pound facility at Failand.

And the chance to train in a slightly different setting had a positive effect on the squad.

 

Head Coach Holden said it was a boost “for everyone, it’s been a long time coming.” He added: “The groundstaff have got these pitches in great condition, so to get a taste of it was a boost for everyone. These are good surfaces and it’s a change of scenery. We’re only on the other side of the fence but it brought a nice boost to training.”

With their preparations completed, all eyes are now on the Sky Bet Championship fixture against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.

Both sides have won their last two games and hope to put together strong form for different reasons. City are within touching distance of the play-offs – just three points from sixth-placed AFC Bournemouth as things stand – while the Rams are fighting to avoid the relegation zone.

“I’m looking forward to another challenge for us, it was a tight game against them at Ashton Gate and we know the threats in their team,” Holden told Robins TV. “We’re on the back of a couple of good victories ourselves so we go there with some momentum, belief and we look forward to another big challenge.

“They’re in decent form. It was a real tough game for us at Ashton Gate and we know they have good players. I say this every week but it’s true in the Championship – there’s good teams irrespective of the position. We go there, we have to be prepared for a big challenge but it’s certainly one we’re looking forward to and are ready for.”

Diédhiou scored in the 1-0 win at Ashton Gate
Generations went head to head

Holden will also keep tabs on Tommy Rowe, who left the field injured in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town. He has swelling on his knee and continues to be assessed. Holden said: “He’s a warrior. Even for him to carry on without feeling in his foot shows what playing for the shirt means to him. That’s the spirit within the camp at the moment!”

As for Joe Williams, he continues to train with the first team and is “in a good place” as he returns to fitness following thigh and hamstring injuries. He completed 45 minutes for the Under-23s on Tuesday against Swansea City, which Holden said was “a massive tick in the box for Joe’s recovery so we’ll see how it gets on in the period of time coming up.”

Derby County v Bristol City will streamed live on Robins TV for just £10 and Callum O’Dowda will be the pundit and co-commentator. Coverage starts at 2.30pm.

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