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‘We have to roll our sleeves up and go again’ – Holden

Dean Holden reflected on a disappointing afternoon in BS3 where Harlee Dean’s second-half header secured a 1-0 win for Birmingham City.

Holden acknowledged it was a game of few opportunities and was frustrated in the manner in which his side conceded from a corner in the 81st minute.

Holden will now prepare his team to bounce back when they host Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night (December 9th, 7.45pm KO).

 

The head coach told Robins TV: “It’s disappointing of course because we want to win our home games. It was a game of few chances but credit to Birmingham who have come here, in the first half particularly, to sit behind the ball and make it difficult [for us]. A point would’ve been a good result for them and we haven’t broken them down.

“We’ve conceded from a set-piece which is disappointing. We’ve conceded from one at QPR so we’ve got to put that right and improve.”

Clear-cut chances were hard to come by for the Robins but Tomas Kalas went closest with a back-post shot which was cleared off the line by Blues defender Maxime Colin.

Holden continued: “We had a chance cleared off the line just after half-time and [if that had gone in] it might’ve opened the game up a little bit. At 0-0 we weren’t able to find a way to break them down and it’s disappointing. Now we have to roll our sleeves and respond in the right way, which the players have done plenty of times already this season.”

He added the magic was missing in attack with improvements in the final third needed when City return to action in midweek – a chance to respond against Rovers live in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

“It’s moving the ball with more accuracy, sometimes we’re rushed; I remember a one-two between Chris Martin and Antoine Semenyo and we couldn’t quite get in on goal,” he said.

“We’ve had moments around the box just without the magic on the day. If you don’t do that you won’t score and then you’re trying to see it out, get the clean sheet but we couldn’t do that. But credit to Birmingham, they’re fighting for everything. It’s disappointing but we’ll respond.

“We were on the right side of a result against QPR the other night but we’re on the wrong side of one today. Take away the three relegated Premier League teams, there is not a lot in any game. Maybe people thought against Birmingham, 18th in the table, it will be a whitewash but it doesn’t work like that. Every match is competitive and there’s not much in any game.

“We have to dig results out until we can get some players back in January and then we can have a push in that second half of the season. Now we have to keep pushing and responding to bumps in the road. This is hugely disappointing, but we have to respond.”

City v Blackburn will be streamed live on Robins TV to Season Card holders only, as the match has been selected for Sky’s coverage.

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