Everything Bristol City assistant head coach Dean Holden had to say about forthcoming opponents Sheffield Wednesday

Michael Hector in action against West Bromwich Albion
Michael Hector in action against West Bromwich Albion

Dean Holden, Bristol City's assistant head coach, is refusing to underestimate the threat Sheffield Wednesday will pose tomorrow afternoon.

Only goal difference separates the two clubs in the Championship standings and the Owls will welcome back star midfielder after suspension when they take on the Robins at Ashton Gate, kick-off 1:30pm, on Sunday.

Luhukay's team crashed to a 4-0 defeat on their last trip to Bristol back in March but Holden believes they are a "different" proposition this term.

He said: "We watched their last three games while we were on the road and you have to say that they’re a different side from last year.

"It looks now that they’ve got a style that the manager is happy with, they’ve got some really good players and have a big squad full of quality players and they can hurt you.

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"They went to Aston Villa and created chance after chance. If you're not at it defensively they'll hurt you. We’ve got a game plan in our mind where we feel we can go and outdo them hopefully."

Holden hopes the Robins, who were held to a goalless draw at Rotherham United on Wednesday, keep Wednesday's in-form midfield duo of Bannan and Adam Reach in check.

"The plan is to contain them when they've got the ball," he said. "hat's part and parcel. We want to get on the front foot and effect the game in a positive way when we have the ball.

"That's ultimately our game plan. We want to take the ball better than what we did in the first hour at Rotherham.

Joey Pelupessy scored an own goal in the West Brom draw

Joey Pelupessy scored an own goal in the West Brom draw

"We've got to be smart because they have some good players in form."

Reach, the man for spectacular goals, added to his goal of the season collection on Wednesday evening. His stunning left foot piledriver against West Bromwich Albion took his goal tally to four for the season and came just days after his audacious volley at home to Leeds United.

"He has hit them both from the same areas," said Holden. "It's almost the same patch of grass at Hillsborough that he's scored from. Two amazing goals.

"How do you stop it? Well, once he's hit it it's hard to stop because they both flew right in the top corner.

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"You've got to stop the dangerous players at source or when they do get it make sure they don't have the room and the space to cut you open."

The Robins, who have former Owls defender Jack Hunt in their ranks, host Wednesday looking to end a four-match winless run. 

Ex-Chesterfield defender Holden said: "We're still a relatively new team and we're in the first week of October now and overall we've been pretty pleased with some of our performances, but not so pleased with others.

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"And I think that's to be expected with some new signings coming in and some taking a bit of time to settle. Now we want to kick on.

"We feel that we've got a good squad of players. Obviously the window's shut, we know what we've got in terms of our squad and we're working our socks off behind the scenes to make sure this is a succesful campaign for us."

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