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22 April 2019

Club News


22 April 2019

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Bantams boss Gary Bowyer was encouraged by the performance of his players following a 1-1 draw at home to Gillingham, insisting improvements were made.

The hosts took the lead in the first half and, having ended up with a point, Bowyer believes his side could have even gone on to clinch victory.

The City boss said: “Being honest, I think we should have won the game.

“Their goal was their one attempt on target, so it is disappointing because it is just a routine cross. But again, I think it has been the story of the season.

“We started the game brightly and then got a fantastic free-kick in and a wonderful header from Kelvin (Mellor).

“In the second half, both teams cancelled each other out a little bit. But we were comfortable.

“There were some impressive performances, we got to half-time and just wanted to get on the front foot again.”

Bowyer was also pleased with the improving performances of individuals, claiming the likes of Paudie O’Connor, Sean Scannell and goal scorer Kelvin Mellor – returning from injury – all impressed.

He added: “Kelvin’s performance was terrific and, in addition to his goal, the fact he managed to get through 90 minutes after being out for so long is a credit to him and the work he has done with the medical team.

“Paudie was excellent again, for such a young player captaining the side. He is a good character and, for someone so young, he is a great talker. He is a brilliant organiser and has done well for us since we have brought him back in.

“To get another 90 minutes out of Sean Scannell is terrific. He puts the opposition on the back foot straight away and we have then got an opportunity to maintain some momentum in the opposition’s half.

“There are lots of positives for us to take into the final two games. Then we can look towards next season.” 

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