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26 January 2021

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26 January 2021

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Paudie O’Connor feels the Bantams are “desperate” to get back to winning ways - ahead of this evening’s meeting with Southend United. 

Despite being six games unbeaten, City have drawn their last two, upon travelling to the bottom-placed Shrimpers. 

The Irish defender feels he and his team-mates have an air of desperation to return to West Yorkshire with three points. 

He said: “Southend are bottom of the league, so will obviously be desperate for points, but we are desperate as well. 

“We are determined to push up the table and all know this club is one which should not be where it currently is, so that needs to be changed. 

“We have had a good run of late which gives us enthusiasm, but the determination is there to keep kicking on.

“We are desperate to get out there and get the three points, and that is what we need to do.”

Having skippered the Bantams to a point against a high-flying Cambridge United side on Saturday, the former Leeds United man now has to prepare himself and his team-mates for what he feels will be a different challenge. 

O’Connor is once again looking forward to the prospect of taking the armband, and insists City must adapt to the threat Southend will pose. 

The 23-year-old added: “It was a big honour for me to wear the armband again. 

“When the lads let me know before the game, I was buzzing. I thoroughly enjoyed the game and, whenever I am asked to wear the armband, I am proud to do it. 

“We have to adapt to different opponents and have worked well in training on Southend since the weekend. 

“They play a little differently, with a front three who like to get at you and in your face, which we will have to be alert to. 

“We may have to be prepared to see a little less of the ball, but have to try and control things as much as we can to come away with the win.”

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