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‘Tuesday night can’t come quickly enough’ – Holden

City are itching to get back on the pitch and respond to their weekend performance when they travel to take on QPR in the Sky Bet Championship (December 1st, 7.45pm KO).

The fixture kicks off a busy December schedule and presents City with the opportunity to right the wrongs from Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Reading.

Despite the heavy workload at this point in the season, Robins Head Coach Dean Holden says his players will be ready for the challenge in West London.

“It can’t come quick enough, can it?” Holden told Robins TV. “We’re looking forward to getting a positive result. We were off our levels on Saturday, particularly in the second half and we were punished for it.

“The lads have been outstanding for most of the season. We’re nearly a third of the way through it and two points away from the top two so we’re in a decent position but we know there’s a load of development to come from this team. We’re working every day to improve in all areas and we’re looking forward to this next game.”

He added: “This is a huge part of the season, so our aim is always to go into the next game fresh, ready for it and we are.”

Managing workload is extra critical at this point of the campaign. The festive month presents eight games for City to contend with and Holden, his staff and players are working to ensure they prepare correctly and do all they can to stay in and around the play-off positions.

“You’ve got to make sure you’re not working the players too hard physically,” Holden explained. “The games take so much out of them but tactically there’s always things to improve on. The players are fit, they enjoy training and being out on the grass so we get them on there. Those who didn’t play the previous match do a little bit more but we’re still working the players and making sure they’re ready for this next one.

“You always have to keep learning. As soon as you think you have all the answers you’re going to come unstuck so I’ll keep asking questions of people, keep seeking to improve. The games come fast but I’m ready for it. I’ve said to the players that we have eight games this month and you can look at it as tough, one every three games but it’s an incredible opportunity.”

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