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James Crawley


Posted Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

'Why everyone should have belief’ – Holden

City face a second Sky Bet Championship heavyweight in just three days, with the trip to Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium this evening (April 2nd, 7.45pm KO).

It comes off the back of an impressive 3-2 win at Sheffield United, with City’s goals courtesy of Andreas Weimann’s first professional hat-trick.

City tamed the promotion-chasing Blades and now head to Boro in high spirits, another side who are pushing to secure a strong finish.

Saturday’s display at Bramall Lane was “full of quality” Assistant Head Coach Dean Holden explained, and the players are relishing more of the same up north tonight.

“I’m sure everyone enjoyed the weekend,” Holden said. “That’s what it was all about. Whatever is in front of us we try to get through that challenge. There was a fantastic atmosphere at Sheffield United, everyone played their part and certainly we enjoyed it.

“It was a performance full of quality, we had the end product and Andi scored a hat-trick which is fantastic for his confidence. He works so hard every week and got his just rewards. Alongside Fam {Diédhiou] they worked very hard, as everyone did.

“We came back from conceding, showed the character and that we are up for the fight, To go to Bramall Lane with that kind of performance and get that result at this point in the season should fill everyone with huge amounts of belief.”

It was City's high impact and work rate which worked in their favour, with Weimann in inspired form to deal the damage in front of goal.

No doubt Saturday’s performance will have him itching for more and for Holden, it is that mindset which can help City in their push for another positive outcome at the Riverside Stadium this evening.

“It’s a huge game,” he continued. “Middlesbrough are one of the most experienced teams in the division with one of the most experienced, fantastic managers (Tony Pulis). It will be another massive challenge but we focus on ourselves and we are in a good place mentally.

“We have to make sure our preparation is just right and we have done that recently; we have got the players feeling good, confident and we will attack them.

“That’s what we did at Sheffield United, we tried to get at them early and Tuesday night will be another massive challenge which we are looking forward to,” Holden said.

The match is pay on the night for travelling supporters.