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18 November 2019

Club News


18 November 2019

Gary Bowyer hopes his Bantams can continue the form shown the first time they played Shrewsbury Town, in tomorrow’s Emirates FA Cup first-round replay.

City held their Sky Bet League One opponents to a 1-1 draw in Shropshire - on Saturday 9 November - and welcome them to the Utilita Energy Stadium, with a place in the second round up for grabs.

Bowyer has called for his players to show the same determination ahead of the 7.45pm replay, in hope of securing a home tie against Mansfield Town - in the next round.

The Bantams boss said: "I was very pleased with how we performed at Shrewsbury and went toe-to-toe with a team in a higher division.

"I do not think either manager really wanted a replay and both sides certainly showed that, with how we both pushed hard for the win.

"It will be a big challenge, for us, against a very well-organised outfit from the league. 

"We know all about Shrewsbury and the way they play - following the first game - and are looking forward to another big test."

In addition to demanding high standards from his players, Bowyer is hoping the club's supporters are also able to play their part, against the Shrews.

The City chief insists how the team respond to passionate backing from the stands could prove pivotal, and is hoping for another positive showing from the Bantams faithful.

Bowyer continued: "The club have done very well in reducing the ticket prices, to get more supporters in, backing us.

"Bradford City are famous for having made history in cup competitions - over the past few years - and we are desperate to continue that. 

"Over each of the historic runs, it was not just the players who played their part, it was the supporters, too.

"We want to be coming off the pitch, looking at each other, knowing we have given everything we have got - for our supporters.

"I learnt loads about my team, when we travelled to Shrewsbury and matched a good Sky Bet League One side.

"We have to know what kind of players will be able to compete at that level, against those kinds of teams, in front of supporters like ours. In that respect, we are learning more and more, all the time."

Supporters will be able to gain admission on the turnstiles tomorrow evening. CLICK HERE for full details.

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