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‘We need to snap out of this run’ - Holden

Dean Holden admitted City need to “snap out” of their losing run as the Robins’ head coach reflected on a 1-0 defeat at Preston North End.

City were a dominant force after the break but couldn’t find an equaliser following a questionable first-half penalty decision which was converted by Daniel Johnson.

The spot-kick was enough to seal the win for the Lilywhites, though goalkeeper Declan Rudd was on hand to deny Antoine Semenyo and Callum O’Dowda while the decisions continued not to go City’s way as Darnell Fisher was spared a second yellow card for a foul on Semenyo.

 

“[I’m] hugely disappointed,” Holden told Robins TV. “I thought we deserved something from the game. There wasn’t a lot in the first half, we were on the wrong end of a penalty decision. We were passive in that phase of play and it led to the penalty.

“In the second half we took it to Preston, we had all the play in their half apart from the one counter which Bents has made a good save from. We’ve created good chances but we aren’t able to take them at the moment.

“They got away with one when Darnell Fisher didn’t get a second yellow card. I’ll be clear, that is not the reason we lost the game but it could have given us extra impetus with 25 minutes to go.

“We went right after Preston, we penned them into their half, we passed the ball well and created good chances through Antoine and Callum. The goalkeeper had a decent night for them.”

Holden added: “I’ve asked the players and certainly myself to spend the next couple of days thinking about how we can snap out of this. The first thing that can happen is people can get fragile, but the most important thing is that we stick together, keep the belief in the squad and keep working.

“I’m hugely disappointed with the result tonight, it’s three defeats on the spin and we have to get out of it quickly.”

Now it’s back to the training ground where the hard work continues as City look to find consistency in their football, with Holden explaining how he hopes the Robins can recover their earlier form ahead of an exciting prospect next weekend.

On Saturday City will welcome back a number of supporters for the Boxing Day match against Wycombe Wanderers (December 26th, 3pm KO). It will be the first time fans will be back at the stadium since March.

“The Boxing Day game with our supporters gives us an opportunity to snap out of it,” he added . “They’ll be disappointed with tonight, I’m well aware of that. At the same time, as the days go by leading up to Boxing Day, the supporters can’t wait to get back into Ashton Gate and certainly the players will benefit from that support and hopefully it will be enough on top of a good performance to get the three points.”

Saturday’s visit by Wycombe will be available on Robins TV with build-up from 2.30pm.

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