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18 March 2019

Club News


18 March 2019

Gary Bowyer insists his Bantams must put Saturday’s result behind them and fix their focus on taking three points from this weekend’s visit of Blackpool.

City lost out 1-0 - in controversial circumstances - at the hands of then bottom-four rivals Oxford United.

The Bantams looked set to hold out for a draw during the dying seconds at the Kassam Stadium.

But an Oxford goal, which came during the 95th minute, put paid to such hopes.

Bowyer said: “We 100% have to move on. The emotion of how the players feel, they have then got to channel into the week ahead for the next game.

“We will analyse and debrief the game. We showed qualities in terms of digging in, fighting and competing but we have to be better with the ball.

“We will work very hard this week in training and give ourselves the best possible chance to beat Blackpool on Saturday.”

Bowyer was left stunned by the moments which preceded and came after Oxford’s last-gasp goal.

Referee Andy Davies appeared to rule out Jamie Mackie’s effort, after his assistant questioned the restart which led to the goal, but then re-awarded it.

“I have never seen anything like it, not just in my career but in my life,” said Bowyer.

“I saw a couple of the Oxford lads signalling to the stand ‘VAR’! They wanted someone to check it for the game – but it’s not here.

“It’s designed for moments like this, penalties, goals, whether the ball has crossed the line. It’s just absolute carnage.

“Players get accused at times of not caring. But if you walked in the dressing room afterwards, you’d have seen them on their knees.

“They were absolutely gutted, just like the supporters, but we have to dust ourselves down.

“There are plenty more games left and more points and the players have got to show the form they did with the wins around the Christmas period.

“We are more than capable. I think we’ve shown we are difficult to beat in the three games, competitive, aggressive, organised and we’ve got to keep making sure we fight for every minute.”

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