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CANAVAN FRUSTRATED BY CARLISLE DEFEAT

14 March 2021

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Niall Canavan admitted his frustration following the Bantams’ 3-1 defeat to Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two. 

The Cumbrians netted three times in just under an hour at Brunton Park, to condemn Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side to back-to-back defeats for the first time in three months. 

Canavan was disappointed by the manner in which his side conceded two first-half goals in quick succession, but does believe City could have got back into the game, had they have been more ruthless in front of goal.

He said: “Like on Tuesday, it was another frustrating loss to take. 

“Despite the difficult weather conditions, we managed to keep Carlisle out for the majority of the first half, but the way we conceded twice in a couple of minutes was disappointing.

“The main positive was we never let our heads drop and still created chances to get back into the game.

“Unfortunately, we were not clinical enough at the crucial moments, which cost us.”

The 29-year-old also stressed the importance of City learning from their past couple of losses, but is confident they will get back on track. 

With no midweek fixture for the first time in five weeks, the former Plymouth Argyle defender believes the Bantams have a big opportunity to work hard in training and put things right in upcoming games. 

He added: “We need to learn from these last couple of defeats. 

“We are still on a good run of form, and it is only two losses in a long run of matches. 

“We are not far away from where we want to be and, as long as we continue to play with a great attitude, I am sure results will start to pick up again.

“With no game in midweek, we have an opportunity to recharge our batteries and work hard on the training ground - to make sure we are ready for the next game.”

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