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26 August 2017



26 August 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall admitted his side weren't strong enough in the second period to successfully see out the game, as City surrendered a three-goal lead in a 3-3 draw with Walsall at the Banks's Stadium.

Following first half goals from Shay McCartan and Dominic Poleon, McCall's Bantams were seemingly cruising to three points after Matthew Kilgallon's deflected header shortly after the break had put the visitors 3-0 up.

A strong response from Walsall, however, saw the Saddlers quickly net twice themselves to give them all of the momentum going into the latter stages of the contest.

Walsall's pressure on City's goal eventually resulted in an equaliser for the hosts, Amadou Bakayoko heading in from close range with three minutes of normal time remaining.

Understandably, McCall was far from happy after the full time whistle, with the City chief claiming the Bantams need to be tougher and sharper in all aspects of their game.

McCall said: "We came here with positive intent but there is certainly things we can do more.

"At three-nil up, we shouldn't be leaving here without the three points.

"I feel for the supporters and staff after this one. I'm angry and hugely disappointed.

"The first goal is a disappointment because we know the left back (Luke Leahy) gets in the box, and we switch off.

"They then bring on their new signing (Tyler Roberts) and their crowd gets up.

"We didn't show enough desire to stop the crosses coming in for their goals.

"I think we were fortunate to be three goals up, but we should certainly manage the game better.

"We were mentally and physically a bit weak in the second period, and we will need to look into that.

"We were going to bring Omari (Patrick) on with fifteen minutes to go for his pace in behind but then Tom (Field) goes down having hurt his hamstring.

"Fair play to Walsall though, they threw caution to the wind and had a real go.

"Even if we'd won, I still wouldn't have been completely happy.

"We can be more fluid in certain things.

"A point from this game clearly isn't good enough but we go again Monday and be positive."

Following the frustrations of Walsall, City's camp will quickly turn their thoughts to Tuesday's opening Checkatrade Trophy group game at Chesterfield.

McCall added: "Romain (Vincelot) will come back in after suspension and play Tuesday.

"There will be other players coming in as well. We've said to the lads that we don't have a settled side at the moment because we don't have enough players in form.

"I don't think too many of the lads today (Saturday) will have taken their chance to stake a claim, but Tuesday will be another game and another chance.

"The likes of (Alex) Jonesey, Tayls (Paul Taylor) and Omari Patrick will get an opportunity to stake a claim for a place next Saturday (vs Bristol Rovers)."

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