MX23RW : Monday, June 21 10:08:32| >> :600:177090:177090:

Dean Holden coy on chances of replacing Lee Johnson at Bristol City

A goal in each half from Famara Diedhiou and Jamie Paterson ended a nine-match streak without a victory.

Dean Holden declined to toss his hat into the ring to replace the sacked Lee Johnson after his first match as Bristol City caretaker manager ended in a much-needed 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Hull.

A goal in each half from Famara Diedhiou and Jamie Paterson ended a nine-match streak without a victory and produced a bright start to life after the sacking of Johnson at the weekend.

But assistant head coach Holden was keeping feet firmly on the ground after a promising start to his spell at the helm.

"While I would like a shot at management at some point in my career, my only thought now is to put smiles on the faces of our supporters," he said.

"It is not about me at the moment. It is about ending the season as strongly as possible.

"I wanted the players to perform with freedom tonight and they have come up with two great goals.

"The first half was as I wanted and in the second we showed real fight. Overall, I was very happy with the performance.

"We lost Nathan Baker to injury in the first minute, but the players switched on to the ways of overcoming that setback.

"Now it is on to the next training session and a long trip to Middlesbrough. I am not thinking beyond that at the moment.

"We needed a win to end a poor run. I asked the players to go out and play as if it was the first game of the season."

Diedhiou shot the Robins ahead on 41 minutes from Paterson's first time pass into the box before Paterson doubled the advantage with a superb 30-yard free kick eight minutes after the break.

Hull skipper Jordy De Wijs gave his side hope with a glancing header from George Honeyman's free kick on the hour mark, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers remained in the bottom three.

Tigers boss Grant McCann said: "The players are giving everything. We are fighting for our lives, but we need to be better defensively.

"Performances since lockdown have been so much better. We have more players fit and have been in every game.

"Tonight their first goal followed an unlucky ricochet and the second was an unbelievable free kick, which we could do little about.

"Our tempo wasn't great at the start of the game. But the lads responded really well to going behind and the second half performance was good.

"The ref gave a lot of free kicks against us, particularly Tom Eaves, so it was no surprise when he gave the one that led to their second goal.

"We cannot dwell on this result because games are coming thick and fast. There is another huge one against Millwall coming up.

"We had chances tonight and are getting into dangerous areas. I can't fault the effort the players are putting in."

ID:405683: cacheID:405683:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:4178:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic on June 20, 2020
Read Next:
Wednesday's Championship predictions including West Brom vs. Derby
>

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Monday, June 21, 2021
 
5pm
 
8pm
 
8pm
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
 
5pm
 
5pm
 
8pm
 
8pm
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CNorwich CityNorwich462910775363997
4Swansea CitySwansea4623111256391780
5Barnsley46239145850878
6Bournemouth4622111373462777
7Reading461913146254870
8Cardiff CityCardiff4618141466491768
9Queens Park RangersQPR461911165755268
10Middlesbrough461810185553264
11Millwall461517144752-562
12Luton TownLuton461711184152-1162
13Preston North EndPreston46187214956-761
14Stoke CityStoke461515165052-260
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn4615121965541157
16Coventry CityCoventry461413194961-1255
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461216183745-852
18Birmingham CityBirmingham461313203761-2452
19Bristol City46156254668-2251
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield461213215071-2149
21Derby CountyDerby461111243658-2244
RWycombe WanderersWycombe461110253969-3043
RRotherham UnitedRotherham46119264460-1642
RSheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461211234061-2141

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!