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23 February 2021



23 February 2021

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Mark Trueman lauded the character and resilience of his players - after they fought to secure a late 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient. 

Callum Cooke’s 81st-minute penalty saw the Bantams move into the top half of the Sky Bet League table at the Utilita Energy Stadium, in what was Trueman and Conor Sellars’ first match as permanent managers. 

And Trueman was most pleased again by the battling nature of the performance, and City’s eagerness to defend their goal. 

The Bantams boss said: “Like we have done so far, we defended the box really well and showed tremendous character late on. 

“Fighting until the end is something embedded into this team, now, and we defended our box with everything we had - to keep the clean sheet and take the three points.”

“Everyone plays their part and we defend and attack as a team - from the front to the back. 

“We are all together, and it is a credit to the players for applying the work we have been doing in training on the field.”

On top of the defensive organisation and determination on show, Trueman was also encouraged by the quality his side demonstrated in the second period. 

The introduction of substitutes including Ollie Crankshaw delighted the joint City chief, as his side forced the ball home.

He added: “It was a difficult game for us, and we always knew that would be the case. 

“We knew what they like to do - in pressing and keeping the ball - and we counteracted that well. 

“In the second half, we made better runs and hurt them more in the final third. 

“They came with a gameplan to sit in and frustrate us, and they did that, but we ended up getting the chance and taking it. 

“We needed that little bit of quality in the final third to unlock the door, and we brought players off the bench - particularly with Ollie - who did that.”

The Bantams will be looking to record their fourth-straight victory when travelling to the Banks’s Stadium to face Walsall on Saturday (3.00pm). CLICK HERE to purchase an iFollow video match pass. 

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