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13 March 2021



13 March 2021

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Mark Trueman insisted the Bantams will not "hide away" from the fact they "must be better", following a 3-1 defeat at Carlisle United. 

City fell to back-to-back defeats at Brunton Park - for the first time in three months - after goals from Offrande Zanzala (2) and Rhys Bennett. 

Despite feeling his side was unlucky with regards to the conditions they were made to face, he insisted City should have dealt with them better. 

The Bantams boss said: “It was disappointing. The wind played a big factor in the first half, and Carlisle used the conditions very well, making it hard for us. 

“We have to be better, and we do not hide away from that. We tried to get back in the game in the second half, but were not happy with how we handled the key moments.

“We wanted to punish them in the second half, and had our chances, but did not take advantage of them and were unable to handle conditions well enough. 

“We have got to learn from this game as ever, regroup, regather and get ready to go again against Oldham, and hopefully get back to winning games.”

After a relentless fixture schedule which has seen hours of travelling over the past week, Trueman is glad to see a week between now and City’s next fixture. 

He knows his side must use this break wisely to prepare for their next game at home to Oldham next Saturday March 20 (3.00pm). 

Trueman added: “We have had two long away games which does play a factor and impacts the players physically, so we will be happy to have a rest. 

“After that, it is all about how we prepare going into the Oldham game. We need to prepare as well as we can be and put in the performance we know we need to, to be able to get three points.”

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