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8 August 2021



8 August 2021

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Newly-instated City captain Niall Canavan was pleased with the side’s performance - after being held to a 0-0 draw in the opening fixture of the 2021/22 Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Derek Adams' reign as Bantams boss began with a goalless draw at St James Park, as City shared the points with a strong Exeter City side.

Canavan was satisfied with how City performed and believes the standard of football, alongside a clean sheet, will bode well for the remainder of the campaign.

He said: “I was pleased with how we played for large parts of the game. We dominated for long periods and created some good chances.

“We have a slight feeling of disappointment. On another day, the chances we created go in. But, if we keep performing to the standards we set, we will win more games than we will draw and lose this season.

“The chances did not quite fall for us, but we still come away with a clean sheet from a tough place to come in Exeter. Now, we move forward to next week.

“Successful teams are built on being hard to beat and difficult to break down. It is a positive start for us as a back four.

“We said we wanted to set the bar, for where we want to be this season, so a clean sheet is positive for us and hopefully there are many more to come.”

The 30-year-old was named club captain by Derek Adams ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and wore the City armband for the first time against Exeter.

The experienced centre-back admitted how special it was to walk out in front of City supporters in a competitive encounter for the first time, and is looking forward to similar scenes at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday. 

“Leading the team out for the first time was a proud moment for me. Thankfully, we started with a positive performance and a solid result.

“I am delighted that the manager has the trust in me to give me the role of captain after a real progressive pre-season in the summer for the boys, as well as the club in general.

“It was a bit strange coming out with noise in a stadium, but it was very good, and what we have all been crying out for. 

“Next, we have a good game on Wednesday against Forest where we can go and play and express ourselves, which everyone is looking forward to.”

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