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11 February 2022

Match Previews


11 February 2022

Matty Daly is thriving off the pressure of men’s football ahead of Saturday’s visit of Exeter City.

Daly joined the Bantams on a short-term loan deal from Huddersfield Town last month, and the midfielder believes the expectation in the senior game is incomparable.

Having spent the initial half of the season at Hartlepool United, Daly was not present for City’s previous four meetings with Exeter, but believes it will provide a further test for himself.

He said: “Hopefully, the lads will know a lot about Exeter. We are focussed on the game and we will try and get the three points.

“We take it game by game and try 100% every game to get three points, whoever we face.

“For me, it is just about getting games in men’s football. This is my second loan and it is positive to get games in and produce what I am producing.

“It is all about the pressure, it is all about three points. When you play in the under-23s or the reserves, it does not have that same intensity.”

Daly was among seven players who joined the club last month and has settled in well by developing a relationship with fellow loanee Jamie Walker.

Walker, much like his partner, operates primarily as a creative midfielder and Daly believes their similar role has aided their on-field understanding.

He added: “I get on with Jamie. We like to interplay which is what I like and hopefully we can keep producing that. 

“I am here to feed him and he is there to feed me in a sense. On that level, if we can keep it going and create chances, it will be good for the team.

“It was great for Jamie to get his first goal on Tuesday. It is only the start and hopefully, now, he can kick on and score more. He came close on Saturday against Harrogate.

“The manager is positive and always wants an attacking threat to run in behind and have shots on goal.”

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