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3 November 2020



3 November 2020

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Stuart McCall was satisfied with a "much-needed" victory, after his side defeated Southend United 3-0. 

Three first-half goals saw the Bantams race into a commanding first-half lead, to end a run of three games without a win. 

McCall was pleased with what he regarded as an important three points which his side "needed" to pick up. 

He said: “We obviously needed to win, tonight. We scored three really good goals and it was nice to keep a clean sheet. 

“I thought there were some very good performances, both going forward and at the back. 

“We got a little bit sloppy at times in the second half, but it was important to go ahead in the game, which we did for the first time at home this season. 

“We could have still been a little more clinical, particularly in the second half, but we are pleased with the result. 

“I thought we could have been better in the second half, but it was a much-needed outcome. 

“We started with some good passing and with a lot of confidence. We lacked a bit of aerial height with set pieces but, all in all, it was decent. 

“It was a result we needed, and people would have expected us to win when you look at Southend’s form, but we went out and did a reasonable job."

One of the most pleasing elements for McCall was the fact all three goals came from midfielders - Callum Cooke, Elliot Watt and Harry Pritchard. 

With two strikers out injured, the City chief has placed more responsibility on players across the field, something which was re-enforced against the Shrimpers. 

“We have spoken a lot about players chipping in with goals all over the field. 

“The three goals all came from our midfielders, which was pleasing, because it is not all about the strikers - and we currently have two out injured. 

“I am pleased for Callum Cooke who has been desperate for a goal recently, and has come close many times. It has taken a little bit of pressure off him. 

“Their back five was potentially going to take a while to break down, but we thankfully managed to do that early on. 

“The second goal was terrific and the third was a great free-kick from Billy Clarke and a good header from Harry Pritchard - which is something we have worked on a lot.”

City return to action in the Emirates FA Cup this Saturday, travelling to Tonbridge Angels. The match will be broadcast LIVE across BBC Sport and BT Sport’s digital channels. 

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