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Posted Friday, December 28th 2018

‘We’re working hard to see games out’ – Holden

City are aiming to end 2018 on a high, with a win on Saturday the perfect way to see in the new year.

They have led in each of their last three games but have been pegged back for a share of the spoils each time, as part of their six-game unbeaten streak.

Paul Warne’s Rotherham United head to Ashton Gate tomorrow (Saturday, December 29th) and City’s Assistant Head Coach Dean Holden says the Robins must keep the focus for 90 minutes if they are to collect all three points and extend their unbeaten run.

“It’s another home game which we’re very much looking forward to,” Holden told BCTV.

“We want to improve our home record but Rotherham United presents a tough game, as they all are in the Championship. They’ve got their strengths, it was a tough game at their place but we’re six games unbeaten.”

When asked about how City can find the key to returning to winning ways, he replied: “It’s different things in different games. Against Brentford for example, it was a lack of concentration and focus for 15 seconds or so while the ball was out of play. Within a couple of seconds of the ball being back on the pitch, Neal Maupay has put the ball in the back of our net; it’s fine margins.

“We created good moments, we needed to be more clinical in the attacking third but that’s what we’re working on every day. It’s that determination and focus when you’re ahead, if we can do better at that then the more chance we have of getting the three points.

“It’s a difficult period for the players who are involved in these games. Only when you’ve been in it do you realise the challenges that is poses.

“We go through areas in video clips, we think it’s important to go out on the grass and work through those moments. Some players will pick up messages through watching the video clips, some prefer to be on the grass and going through both the successful actions and the ones which didn’t go to plan.”

And reflecting on Saturday’s gameplan, he added: “We expect a tough game, we’re under no illusions. It was a tough game at their place, they’re physical team whose work rate is exceptional and they are fighting for everything.

“We want to start the game fast, we want to play forward and aggressive in our running power. The second balls are a must against Rotherham, we have to match their work rate and if we can do that then we hope our quality will show.”

City v Rotherham United kicks off at 3pm.

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