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22 October 2020

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22 October 2020

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Stuart McCall is looking for a positive, forward-thinking display from his City side, ahead of their 3.00pm visit of Newport County on Saturday (October 24). 

The Bantams boss is well aware of the capabilities the weekend’s opponents bring, and the defensive solidarity they carry. 

With the Exiles second in the Sky Bet League Two table, McCall insists his players must take the game to their visitors in order to come away with the three points. 

He said: “Newport have won five out of seven and are playing at the top of their game. 

“Defensively, they are very secure and solid, so it is up to us to play on the front foot and break them down. 

“We must be positive going forward. I have never gone into a game concentrating on how we can avoid losing, and Saturday will be no different, particularly at home. 

“Confidence is running high throughout the group and it is a game we are looking forward to. We have to set up to be positive and confident in attack and look to hurt them. 

“We must go in with an idea of how we can come away with all three points, which we will.”

McCall has also called for his players to come flying out of the traps in what is their second home match in the space of five days, given the fact they have conceded the first goal at the Utilita Energy Stadium twice in the league this season. 

He has, though, confessed his confidence in the belief currently within his side, and its ability to recover from losing positions, should City fall a goal behind. 

The former Scotland international added: “There is a good, determined mentality among the group and - while we do not want to go behind - we need to have the character to come back. 

“When we go a goal down, I do not want to see despondent players and heads going down, we need to always be positive in terms of responding. 

“In the Harrogate, Stevenage and Lincoln games, they started a lot better than us.  

“I did not think we started that badly on Tuesday, we just did not manage to get a goal ahead and had to again claw our way back. 

“We are always reflecting on it and looking at how we can start brighter, and hope to be better at that going forward - starting on Saturday.”

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