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27 February 2021



27 February 2021

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Mark Trueman was pleased by his side’s ability to “win ugly” - following this afternoon’s 2-1 victory at Walsall. 

The Bantams took all three points home from the Banks’s Stadium thanks to goals from Levi Sutton and Andy Cook. 

Though, having repelled waves of Walsall pressure in the closing stages, Trueman was delighted with City’s grit in the defensive third. 

He said: “It was a tough match, and Walsall made it difficult for us with the way they set up in the first half. 

“They had a gameplan and switched to a different formation in the second half - to try and stop the flow.

“It was a difficult game, but we showed we can win ugly. We have won matches where we have dominated possession, but we did not do that here. 

“We had to change our style and gameplan, and are delighted to get the three points.

“We want to dominate possession and play through the thirds, but sometimes you need to adapt. 

“This game was a perfect example of how we can do that. I thought we took our chances really well.”

Despite picking up a fourth-straight victory in the Midlands, Trueman felt his side could still have managed conditions better towards the end of the game. 

He believes the Bantams mounted unnecessary pressure on themselves, though has backed his players to respond to this, ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Mansfield Town. 

The Bantams boss added: “I was slightly disappointed we did not manage the game well enough at 2-0 up. 

“We let Walsall back into the game with a sloppy bit of play from a corner.

“But, we have the right characteristics within our side to keep this run going. We are delighted with the result and we now have something more to build on.

“We know our next game against Mansfield Town is going to be tough, and that we have to win games in different ways, but I think we have already shown we can.” 

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