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‘We found a way to win’ – Holden

Dean Holden praised his team for digging deep against Huddersfield Town to secure a fourth consecutive win at Ashton Gate.

Famara Diédhiou’s first-half brace put City in control, though the Terriers battled back in the second half.

Juninho Bacuna scored to halve the deficit and the visitors hit the woodwork four times in total as City held on.

Head Coach Holden was pleased with how his team put everything on the line, however he wants to see improvements in game management.

Holden told Robins TV: “It was a first-half performance with two fantastic goals and real quality from Famara. The second one in particular with Kasey’s through ball and an excellent finish off the post.

Then we withstood pressure for about an hour. We had a big chance right after half-time with Antoine but on the back of that we’ve defended for our lives with some of our blocks, we rode our luck, they hit the wood four times, Bents made some saves.

“On balance a draw may have been a fair result but you have to find a way to win sometimes and we certainly did that. It was a good night for us and the three points are really important.

“We strive for improvement in everything we do. I said to the players after that we need to find a way of seeing games out more comfortably or go and get that third goal. 

“We can’t defend for large periods like that and not expect to concede goals, so as good as the emergency defending was and it was excellent today, we’re learning.

“Some of the players are maybe haunted from previous experience where we’ve given a two or three-goal lead away but we’re building new experiences together. They have to start getting belief from that and the next we go into a lead we need to make sure we manage it better.

“The result is everything and now we look to improve in the next one against Derby County.”

Holden heaped praise on his captain Tomas Kalas in particular, with one example of exceptional defending from the towering defender catching his eye.

Holden continued: “Some of the emergency defending was very pleasing to see. There was one where Lewis O’Brien struck it and it looked like Kalas had been fired out of a cannon at a circus, I don’t know where he has come from! It was some block on the line and it’s what you have to do to win football matches.

“We’re looking for more control in our play, in those momentum swings but with the way it panned out I’m delighted with the win.”

He now prepares his team to take on Wayne Rooney’s Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday (January 30th, 3pm), off the back of five wins from their last seven games in all competitions.

Holden said: “I don’t know how Huddersfield are in the position they find themselves in the league. They’re a really good team, certainly in those forward areas with individuals who can hurt you as we saw tonight.

“Derby are the same with some really good players, they have problems as a football club but we can’t take them lightly and make sure we’re professional, at our best and recover quickly to be ready for another big away game.”

Holden also confirmed that Tommy Rowe, who had to be substituted off late in the first half, suffered a kick to his shin. He will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Rams.

The match will be livestreamed on Robins TV with coverage starting at 2.30pm.

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