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26 September 2017

Club News


26 September 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall says there will be no negative reaction to Tuesday night's 3-0 home defeat to Fleetwood Town.

Two goals in five minutes at the start of the second period from former Bantams duo Jordy Hiwula and Devante Cole put the visitors in a strong position after the break.

McCall's men pushed hard for a way back into the game but Fleetwood netted a third on the break through substitute Ashley Hunter twenty minutes from the end.

Despite the disappointing manner of the Fleetwood defeat - City's first loss in seven league games - McCall was keen to take the positives and move on from what he describes as a 'blip in the road'.

McCall said: "I don't think there was a lot in the match but we've been punished for two little individual errors.

"I felt we did ok in the first period and came out of the traps really well after the break, but we then just made a couple of wrong decisions.

"After conceding the two goals, we've had a really good go to get back in the game but their system is really hard to break down.

"With the three central defenders and the two wing backs that sit in, they can be hard to beat when they get their noses in front.

"Having said that, we had a great chance at two-nil through Romain (Vincelot). If that goes in, it could have been a different story.

"When you are losing at home, you have to go for it and that leaves you open to the counter-attack as we saw with their third goal.

"This result is a disappointment obviously. We've conceded three goals and lost three points but there is no doom or gloom.

"We've probably played worse this season and still managed to get something from a game.

"I felt we played better football in this game than we did in our last home match against Rotherham.

"We will now look for a response in the Doncaster match on Saturday."

McCall made two changes to his side for the visit of Fleetwood, with Alex Jones and Omari Patrick replacing Charlie Wyke and Dominic Poleon in attack.

McCall explained: "He (Charlie) was struggling in the build up to this one.

"Chris Short (fitness coach) and both our physios actually wanted to keep him even off the bench for tonight (Tuesday).

"They wanted me to completely rest him because he is deconditioned.

"He's had no pre-season for us because of his injury. He played the last twenty minutes at home to Blackburn, lifts the team, gets in the side and then stays in there.

"He works tirelessly up top, but he is struggling at the moment. He is cramping up in his calves and in his hips.

"He just needs some more conditioning work. Thankfully, we don't have any midweek games coming up in the next few weeks, so he can work with Shorty on a Monday and a Tuesday to get himself back up to his sharpest.

"Shay (McCartan) would have started tonight but he tweaked his calf in the running after Saturday's game at Northampton.

"That put Shay out, while Romain (Vincelot) was a major doubt going into this one and needed a fitness test on his knee."

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