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25 September 2020

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25 September 2020

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Kurtis Guthrie has insisted he and his team-mates are "ready to go again", ahead of the Bantams' Sky Bet League Two clash with Stevenage. 

The forward admitted disappointment with last week's Forest Green Rovers draw - after City conceded in the final minute to be left with just a point.

He feels, however, the encounter in Glocestershire brought the side closer together and claims they are ready to take to the Utilita Energy Stadium turf once again. 

Guthrie stated: "We are just about recovered from Forest Green. It was a tough game but it was nice to come away with something.

"We were disappointed to not get the three points but are ready to go again, tomorrow.

"The loss showed we were able to pull together in hard times and has definitely given us a stronger bond. 

"We have had a good week of training and have shown we have that unity and are able to respond when things are not going well. 

"The earlier we find out we can pull together and play for each other, the better. When you galvanise each other you are able to weather any kind of storm. 

"It hurts when you concede in the last minute, in the circumstances, but there is belief and everyone is in a positive head space at the moment. 

"We know we are able to fight for each other and can be by one another's side, which will give us more encouragement going forward. 

"The start we had has not been the easiest, even going all the way back to the Bolton game. 

"However, we have played against two very good teams in the league and can probably count ourselves unlucky to not be on four points. 

"Based on that, I think we can say we have made a decent start to the season."

The former Stevenage man managed only two appearances for City last season, having signed on deadline day of the January transfer window ahead of the March season suspension. 

However, the 27-year-old believes a strong bond building between himself and Bantams boss Stuart McCall, following a summer of hard work away from the football pitch. 

Guthrie added: "From coming in last season, I did not really play a lot and it was a bit shaky, with injuries I was suffering with.

"I have worked hard over the summer and managed to get myself into the team this year. 

"There is a bit of stability for me now, with the gaffer in. He is showing a lot of faith in me and I want to repay him and the football club. 

"We are in a very privileged position as footballers and have to work hard to show our appreciation for what we are able to do. 

"When I joined I was really looking forward to being a part of a club with a great supporter base. 

"There have been bumps in the road with COVID-19, and that is disappointing, but we have to make sure we stay positive and keep moving forward.

"We cannot rely on our supporters to get results and have to show professionalism during these difficult times. 

"First and foremost, I need to make sure I am playing my part for the team. We create our own luck as footballers, by working hard. 

"I really do want to open my account for the club, but feel happy to be working hard for the team and doing the job I know I need to."

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