Dean Holden expecting difficult test against ‘quality’ Norwich City

Dean Holden is trying to take Bristol City in a different directon to predecessor Lee Johnson. Pictu

Dean Holden is trying to take Bristol City in a different directon to predecessor Lee Johnson. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Images - Credit: PA

Bristol City boss Dean Holden is hoping his team can impose their style of play on ‘quality’ opponents in Norwich City.

The Robins have started life under their new boss fairly well, and raced out of the blocks to claim 13 points from a possible 15 in their first five games.

Despite that unbeaten start, they haven’t recorded a win in four matches and were beaten 1-0 by Bournemouth in the week.

Holden replaced long-serving boss Lee Johnson in July on an interim basis before being handed the job permanently in August, despite Bristol City fans wanting a ‘high-profile’ appointment.

He’s been praised for the consistency of his formation and approach in matches since taking the reins full-time, but he insists his side will wary of the threat the Canaries pose.

Bristol City haven't won in four despite a positive start. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Images

Bristol City haven't won in four despite a positive start. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Images - Credit: PA


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“My focus now is firmly on this next one, Norwich City. It’s a really big challenge for us - again against a team that has been in the Premier League recently, and that’s a challenge in itself

“They’re an excellent team - they’ve been together a long time. They’ve got quality right across their team and particularly in those forward areas,” Holden said in his pre-match press conference.

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“They’re a team that like to have the ball and like to pass through the lines and occupy positions on the pitch that can give you a problem.”

Former City striker Chris Martin has bolstered their attacking line but his contribution has seen him largely set-up others rather than score goals himself.

Holden is hoping his side can bounce back from a defeat to Bournemouth in the week. Picture: Adam Da

Holden is hoping his side can bounce back from a defeat to Bournemouth in the week. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Images - Credit: PA

Holden is hoping his frontline options can cause City problems at Ashton Gate and has urged his side to impose their style of play onto Daniel Farke’s men rather than getting bogged down in their opponents talents.

“We’ve been through that with the players this morning and like in any game, I say it every single time, the main focus is on our performance.

“We’ve had two good performances since the poor one against Middlesbrough and again we look to push on tomorrow and look to improve. To keep improving.

“We look to go for three points against a very good team.”

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