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10 November 2021



10 November 2021

Derek Adams hailed his side's performance in their Papa John's Trophy penalty shoot-out victory over Sunderland. 

The Bantams claimed the extra point at the Stadium of Light, prevailing 4-2 on spot-kicks after a 1-1 draw against Sky Bet League One opposition. 

Adams was 'delighted' with City's showing, despite the heavy rotation from Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup draw with Exeter City.

He said: “Overall, it was a really good performance. In the first half, we were very attack minded.

“To play the way we did, having created some really good openings, I am delighted.

“It gave us the chance to give some of the players who have been on the bench some game time.

“We were delighted to get the win in the end, and get two points on the board.”

Despite the outcome of the game having no influence on the Bantams' season, the Scotsman was pleased with the way City stood up to the task against higher-league opposition.

Adams highlighted the advantage Sunderland had, of not having a game ahead of them this weekend, which afforded Lee Johnson a lot more freedom.

He added: “Sunderland showed a great deal of respect for us. They had seven players who played in their Emirates FA Cup game on Saturday. 

“They do not have a game this weekend, so were are able to play whatever players they can. 

“They have players from Bayern Munich, and on loan from Everton. Our players acquitted themselves very well.

“We have the makings of a very good squad, and we have shown that already this season.”

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