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29 December 2020



29 December 2020

Mark Trueman bemoaned what he claimed “felt like a loss” - following the Bantams’ 0-0 draw against Port Vale. 

City extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a stalemate against the Valiants, at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Trueman described a frustrated atmosphere in the dressing room, however, which he felt summed up the journey his side has been on. 

He said: “It feels like two points dropped, really.

“I saw some good signs with regards to how we retained the ball and kept them penned in, but we just turned too many shots down, around the area. 

“We created opportunities from winning second balls, but just did not do it often enough. 

“It does feel like a loss, down there in the changing room, which is a big indicator of how far we have come as a group. 

“Port Vale sat in and made it difficult for us towards the end of the game, so we had to be patient. We were just unlucky not to get that goal. 

“We dominated the ball, as we always want to do at home, we were just lacking that little bit of quality at the right times.”

Trueman is now looking forward to an extended period of rest for his Bantams, after yesterday’s news of City’s Saturday 2 January 2021 visit of Morecambe being postponed. 

The interim boss is now focussed on the recovery of his players, before an increased amount of focus on areas to improve upon in training. 

He added: “It is going to be important to get our players back to 100 per-cent. You could see, a little bit at times, that we did look leggy. 

“Recovery is key, but it also gives us a good opportunity to build and keep working on the things which need working on. 

“The better we are on the training field, the better we will be out here on the pitch - so we need to keep working hard as a team. 

“These next few days are more important for the players to be resting up, and we will take things from there.” 

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