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‘We got a reaction’ - Holden

Head Coach Dean Holden was encouraged by the way City responded from their midweek defeat to rescue a point against Swansea City.

Holden watched the visitors take the lead early into the second half through Jamal Lowe, but a penalty was awarded for a foul on Antoine Semenyo before City, who had two enforced injuries, secured a share of the spoils courtesy of Nahki Wells’ spot-kick.

The game – played out in wet and blustery conditions at Ashton Gate – saw few real chances created for either side, but Holden was happy with how his team reacted from Tuesday night’s first league defeat to Middlesbrough.

“We talked about the response from Tuesday’s night poor performance and result and I think we got that,” Holden told Robins TV. “We’ve played against a team who in my opinion are a very good team and are probably 12 months in front of us in terms of our development.

“I thought we had a positive reaction. We conceded a goal early in the second half and then you’ve got to respond, and we took the game to Swansea. I thought we had the lion’s share of the play.

“It was a game of few chances, although I think we probably edged it on that and then we get the penalty to get us back into the game. It was important not to lose two games on the spin and we go into the Bournemouth game now with some confidence.

“I’ve watched it [the penalty] back and if I’m being honest, I don’t think it’s a penalty. I think the boy has fallen over and caught Antoine – whether he’s meant to catch him I don’t know – but we should have had a stonewall penalty on Tuesday night [against Middlesbrough] and these things even themselves out.

“We got back into the game, four strikers up top to try and get back into it. When we lost Sess [Steven Sessegnon], rather than go like-for-like with another right-back we went with an extra striker to try and get back into the game and it was pleasing to do that."

A negative of the afternoon was the Robins’ injury list possibly being added to, as Andi Weimann was forced off having been unable to continue despite his best efforts, while Sessegnon was stretched off.

“It’s too early to say anything on the injuries,” Holden added. “Sessegnon is feeling his hamstring and Andi felt something in his knee but it’s always 24-48 hours before you can get the extent of that.

“I’ve think we’ve seen with the squad how important it is. You saw today Jay Dasilva hasn’t been in the squad the last couple of games and he came right into the starting line-up and produces 90 big minutes. Chris Brunt has got 90 minutes under his belt, and Antoine, so it’s important. We are down to smaller squad numbers now, but we have to manage with that.

“I thought Antoine grew into the game and he’s a powerful player that we’ve got in our armoury and we’re pleased we can get him minutes on the pitch and that’s how he is going to get his development. Between the four strikers, we’re sharing the load around, although Chris Martin is playing the lion’s share at the moment, but such is the situation that we’re in.

“But we got back into the game. Nahki came off the bench with a positive mindset and scores his penalty so as I said, in terms of where we were on Tuesday night, I’m pleased with the point, I’d have preferred three but it’s important you don’t lose two and now we go into Bournemouth in a big game on Wednesday night, which I can’t wait for.”


The Robins travel to the Vitality Stadium on the south coast to face AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday night (October 28th, 7.45pm) with the match available on Robins TV for £10.

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