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We need a response at Hull - Holden

Dean Holden says City are "fully focused" and "determined" to return to winning ways against Hull City tomorrow (3pm).

The Robins will fly north to Humberside today ahead of their clash with struggling Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

City are currently fifth in the Sky Bet Championship, while their weekend hosts are 20th and just four points from the relegation zone. The Tigers were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.


When asked if he was surprised by their form in the current campaign, assistant head coach Holden told BCTV: "A little bit, but you never know what’s going on behind closed doors at Hull.

"They have a new manager (Leonid Slutsky) who’s come through foreign leagues so you never know how quickly or slowly [they are going to settle], compared to Wolves who have hit the ground running.  You never know without all the facts.

"It’s not really our concern though as we have our own hands full and need to make sure we stay on track. Tuesday night against Preston was a blip, nothing more and we’re fully focused on Hull."


"Tuesday night against Preston was a blip, nothing more and we’re fully focussed on Hull."

Dean Holden


Holden has thanked the club's board for securing a flight for the team, allowing time for more match preparation and less travelling.

He continued: "It took us five hours to get to Sheffield Wednesday last week with traffic so it would take us six hours to get to Hull by coach.

"Instead we’re able to drive 20 minutes from the training ground to Bristol Airport, go straight through security and on to the plane to Hull.

"From leaving the training ground we’re in the hotel not long after an hour and a half, so that gives you an insight into how improved preparation is now.

"We’re thankful to the board and to Steve (Lansdown, owner) for putting this on for us. It gives us the best chance of preparing."


Joe Bryan is a doubt after suffering a whack to his hip during the Preston defeat. Holden said he was “very sore” in training and will be assessed.