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The main talking points from Bristol City’s press conference ahead of Derby clash

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Bristol City face Derby County tomorrow evening and will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at the hands of Birmingham City on Friday night. 

The Robins are seventh in the table as things stand and saw a four-game winning streak in the league ended by the Blues.

They now welcome the Rams to Ashton Gate as they look to get back to winning ways and reclaim their spot in the top six.

City assistant manager Dean Holden spoke to the media earlier this week, here are the main talking points from the press conference ahead of the Derby clash…

On Birmingham defeat and Derby test

Holden told the Bristol Post that the defeat to Birmingham was a “huge dissapointment” and an “opportunity missed” but insisted all the focus was now on the “massive test” that Derby will pose.

He added: “The obvious threat of one of the country’s best but there are threats throughout the team we have to be aware of.

“But if we come out flying, we’re a match for everyone.

“We need to get back to being solid again. Everybody would like to be higher (in the Championship) but we’re right in the mix. We’d have said at the start of the season that we want to be in the mix–and we’re excited.”

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On Jamie Paterson

Holden indicated that Paterson’s attitude and performances in training are what won him his place back in the side after returning from his loan spell at Derby in January.

He also suggested that the 28-year-old has been clinical in games, is a great character in the dressing room and has become a bit of a leader.

On injuries

Holden revealed that summer signing Tomas Kalas was back in training, adding: “He’s fit and raring to go.”

You’d imagine that City will not want to risk rushing him back too fast, particularly with another game on Saturday and some good defensive options in the squad.

Marley Watkins remains out, however, and will not be back on the training ground for “a few weeks at least”.

Nahki Wells

The Robins January signing is yet to start since making his £4 million switch from Burnley but after City’s struggles on Friday, you feel Johnson may look to change things up.

Holden suggested that City are looking at getting the striker into the side “as soon as he’s ready to play”.

Wells also spoke to the press earlier this week.

The Bermudian indicated that he is ready to fight for a first-team place and is hopeful that he can be “the missing piece of the puzzle”.

He revealed that City’s ambition is what attracted him to the club, stating: “This club wants to move forward to the Premier League and my ambition is the same.”

A win against Derby on Wednesday would see the Robins climb back into the play-off places, as long as Preston North End slip up against Stoke City.


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