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CRANKSHAW: ‘WE NEED TO REGROUP’

19 April 2021

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Ollie Crankshaw believes the Bantams must regroup quickly and look to respond to recent disappointment - ahead of tomorrow evening’s clash with Tranmere Rovers. 

City suffered their second-straight defeat at Harrogate Town on Tuesday, despite again having plenty of opportunities to take something from the game. 

The winger admitted the past two matches have been frustrating but, given the fact City have created chances to score, they must keep working hard. 

Crankshaw said: “Sometimes, on the day, the ball just does not go in the back of the net. 

“We had a lot of chances at Harrogate and their goalkeeper made a few decent saves - in both halves of the game. 

“On Saturday, it just would not happen for us and it was not meant to be, which was difficult to take. 

“You just have to regroup and go again, which is all we can do. That is our mentality heading into tomorrow night.”

Having made an impact off the bench at the EnviroVent Stadium, the former Wigan Athletic man will have his eyes on a start back in West Yorkshire on Tuesday night. 

Crankshaw set up Andy Cook for the Bantams’ equaliser with close to 20 minutes remaining and - despite not being able to save his side from defeat - is hopeful of having even more of an impact against the Merseyside outfit. 

The 22-year-old added: “My game time has been a bit limited over the course of the past few weeks, and it was frustrating to have missed a few games with injury.  

“I guess I went in there with a point to prove on Saturday, and came off the bench with a lot of motivation. 

“I tried to make a difference, which is what I always want to do, and would like to think I added a bit more energy to what we were doing going forward.

“I want to be starting and playing matches so, hopefully, I can do that again on Tuesday and help the team after Saturday.”


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