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29 August 2020



29 August 2020

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City manager Stuart McCall believes there is still room for improvement, following a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Sky Bet League One side Wigan Athletic. 

Goals from academy graduate Kian Scales and Harry Pritchard proved too little, too late in the end for the Bantams, in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

McCall feels there is still plenty iron out on ahead of his side's Carabao Cup first-round clash against Bolton Wanderers next Saturday. 

He stated: “There is a lot to work on, which you do get in pre-season games. There are things we must look to do better with but, with a little change in shape and personnel, we did get a little bit better. 

“Next week, we will have a game between ourselves, but there will be a lot more attention on the fundamentals of football with regards to things like set pieces and how we go about our business.

“There is plenty of work to do and we are still building up ahead of the start of the season.”

As well as experienced players such as Clayton Donaldson and Lee Novak getting a run out, the encounter also gave youth products Scales, Connor Shanks, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Jorge Sikora and Reece Staunton match minutes. 

The City boss expressed his satisfaction with the start in which the young players have made to professional life and believes there are still things to learn. 

McCall added: “We are all still learning, no matter how old each player is.

“Finn Cousin-Dawson got beat for the third goal but he was up against a very experienced trialist, who has played at a high level. 

“When you are up against lads like Kal Naismith and Gary Roberts who have operated at Championship level and higher, it is always going to be difficult. Therefore, it was a great test for our players.

“While we can still be disappointed with certain aspects of the game - like losing the third goal - it is something we will learn from.

"We will go through the match on Monday, as always, and show the young lads little areas in which we can improve upon. 

“However, it was a great experience for them and we now have to want to work to be better and get the basics into the players.”

The Bantams raise the curtain on their 2020/21 campaign next Saturday (September 5) with a 3.00pm trip to Bolton Wanderers in the first round of the Carabao Cup. 

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