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15 July 2017



15 July 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall was pleased to see his squad finish off a productive week away from England with a 4-1 pre-season victory over TV Echterdingen.

After four days training in Austria, McCall's men completed their time abroad with a comfortable win over the German side based on the outskirts of Stuttgart.

City's goals came from the boot of Timothee Dieng in the first period, with further efforts following from Shay McCartan, Omari Patrick and Daniel Pybus after the interval.

The game, which helped kick off Echterdingen's 125 year anniversary celebrations, was played out in front of a mixture of home supporters and a gathering of travelling City supporters.

McCall said: "It has been a really good week, and the lads have finished it off well.

"It was a strong performance from us in both the first half and second half. There was a lot of pleasing individual stuff as well.

"It was a bit of a carnival atmosphere, brilliant to see so many Bradford fans making the long journey to watch the match.

"They have come over here to enjoy themselves, and it was good for them to see some good football and four goals, but we knew we had a serious job to do as well.

"We wanted to get a performance out of the lads and some fitness into them.

"We didn't want to finish flat - we wanted to top the week with a strong display, and we got that.

"Timothee Dieng has been hitting the ball sweetly in training, he has a great strike on him, so it was nice to see him take that into a game.

"We know Jake Reeves has the ability to pick a pass and that Shay (McCartan) is a great finisher, so it was good to see them link up.

"Omai Patrick has been brilliant with us all week. He got the winning goal in training yesterday (Friday) and it was great to see him score.

"Dan Pybus is probably one of the fittest players at the club - you could see him buzzing around in that second half - so he deserved his goal as well.

"We've seen some good stuff from the lads in training this week, and it was nice to see some of that in the game as well.

"We have Guiseley (Tuesday) and Eccleshill United (Wednesday) now to play next week.

"We will probably also have a game behind closed doors on Friday and then the game (vs Sunderland) on Saturday.

"The lads have two sets of 45 minutes in them now but we want to get more football into them.

"It is now time to give them 60/75 minutes, and maybe even 90 minutes for some of the lads."

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