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Posted Saturday, July 14th 2018

We're coming along nicely - Holden

Dean Holden says he is delighted to see City putting their hard work from the training ground into practice in pre-season.

Speaking after City's 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town, the assistant head coach explained how the coaching staff have witnessed the squad putting routines into practice.

That will set the squad in good stead, as preparations continue for the new season, which for City begins against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, August 4th.

Today's match marked City's first return to Ashton Gate in pre-season, where Callum O'Dowda opened the scoring before the Shrews levelled in the first half.

The squad now prepare for a week-long warm weather training camp in Marbella.

CREATIVE CITY

"I thought it was a good game with a great tempo right throughout, even after both sides made a few changes," Holden told bcfc.co.uk

"Shrewsbury started the brighter and we took a while to get into our stride but once we did, we created decent chances.

"A couple of balls flashed across the goal. Callum scored a very good goal and he has looked sharp since he has come back from his injury last season, so that’s really pleasing.

RESULTS NOT AS IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW

"We got a draw today but the result is not the biggest thing. We want to get the right amount of match minutes to as many players as possible before our first game in three week’s time but winning performances do build momentum.

"We go away for a week and we’re looking forward to that. We have a couple of games in Marbella and we’re in fine fettle at the moment.

"There are things the Gaffer, Macca [Jamie McAllister] and I have given the players areas to focus on," Holden continued.

"Results aren’t as important as they are in the Championship so we have been working on patterns, set pieces at this point and it’s all coming together nicely."

NEW FACES SETTLING IN

Summer signings Jack Hunt, Andreas Weimann, Marley Watkins and Adam Webster all featured in the match with Shrewsbury Town, as they experienced their first time on the Ashton Gate turf.

"They have all settled well.," Holden explained.

"They are fantastic characters and between them all, they know one or two players having played with each other at previous clubs which always helps.

"This week away will help them bond even stronger. The week in Tenerife last summer helped to build the spirit we saw throughout last season so I’m sure we will see the same this week."

After the training camp to Marbella, City head back to BS3 for their final pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth on Friday, July 27th (7pm kick-off).

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