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TRUEMAN TAKES POSITIVES FROM OLDHAM DRAW

20 March 2021

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Mark Trueman hopes his side is able to build upon this afternoon’s draw at the Utilita Energy Stadium - after a 0-0 stalemate against Oldham Athletic. 

City extended their unbeaten home streak to eight matches against the Latics, ending a run of two-straight defeats. 

Trueman claimed it was important for his men to not lose the game, but is looking for more quality in the attacking phase, going forward. 

The Bantams boss said: “It was important for us to not lose. We have only lost three games in 18, but two on the trot, so had to make sure we went back to what we do best. 

“We set the foundations defensively and made sure we did not concede. We were resilient from the back to the front, but were just looking for that little bit of quality in the final third, which did not come. 

“We had a few chances, as did Oldham. They are a good team and caused us problems with the threats they have got. 

“We can certainly improve in areas, but it was important for us to not lose the game. Hopefully, we can use this as a positive platform to build and put another run together.”

Trueman was satisfied with the result and performance when considering the large periods of the game his side was made to play without the ball. 

He was pleased with City’s efforts to nullify the threats Keith Curle’s side brought, but admitted this took a lot of energy out of the Bantams. 

Trueman added: “When you press the way we did for 70 or 80 minutes, it does take it out of you as a team. You have to find different ways to go and win the game, which we were not able to do. 

“There are different aspects of the game, but we had to make sure we had more quality in the final third, which we did not.

“Yes, we want to win every game we play, but we had to try and nullify Oldham’s chances, given the expansive shape they use. 

“To press consistently for 90 minutes is tough, and so we had to drop off and allow them a little more control at times.”

Trueman and Sellars’ Bantams are back in action at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday evening. CLICK HERE to purchase an iFollow video match pass.

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