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6 February 2021

Mark Trueman bemoaned his side’s management of key passages of play - in addition to the nature of the goals they conceded - following a 3-2 defeat at Exeter City. 

Despite taking a 2-1 lead into the half-time interval, City fell at St James Park, with two second-half goals halting an eight-game unbeaten run. 

The Bantams’ interim boss was disappointed with the way his side gave goals away when in a winning position, and insists his players must respond to these situations. 

Trueman said: “We are disappointed with the way in which we conceded the goals. 

“We started the second half brightly and the players took on board what we were after at half-time, but we just could not make it count and got punished. 

“When you are on top in games, you have to try and take advantage, and we did not do that.

“We did not manage key areas of the game as well as we have been - over the past few matches - which we will learn from.”

With just three games before City’s next outing - at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday evening (7.00pm) - Trueman is now keen to see a reaction from the Bantams. 

He insists his side will now be looking to put this result behind them, as they attempt to start another unbeaten run. 

Trueman added: “It is important we learn upon our errors, heading into Tuesday. This is a test for us, now, and it is all about how we respond. 

“We need to recover, after a long journey back, but turn our attention immediately to Tuesday and how we can put things right at Scunthorpe. 

“The challenge will be a different one to Exeter but we need to prepare as well as we have been doing and ensure them key moments in games go our way as much as possible.”

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