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27 February 2022



27 February 2022

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Alex Gilliead insists the Bantams can take positives from their “battling performance”, despite yesterday's 2-0 defeat to Mansfield Town.

The Stags scored either side of half-time to ensure they took all three points away from the Utilita Energy Stadium, in Mark Hughes' first game in charge.

Gilliead was pleased with elements of City's showing, but insists the timing in which they conceded the goals let them down.

He said: “We started well, created some good opportunities and got into some good areas, but we just did not make the right decisions which has been the story of our season. 

“They are doing well for themselves in the league and are up there.

“It was a battling performance from us but conceding goals at key times killed us.

“We kept going and had a few good chances, but we came up short in the end.”

Gilliead then touched on how this upcoming week in training will be vital for new manager Hughes, as well as touching on his own individual performance.

The Bantams will have a full week until their next game when they are back at home to face Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two.

He added: “We have a full week in training with the gaffer which will allow him to get his ideas across. That will do us the world of good.

“Knowing what he wants us to do will help us going into the game against Swindon next week.

“In the first half, I had a few opportunities where I could have taken a shot.

“Every week, I just want to get on the ball, create things, and work hard, but I would rather us come out with a victory than me get man of the match.

“Being on the left-hand side is something that I enjoy. I like playing with (Matty) Fouldsy.

“I will keep working at it and play wherever the gaffer wants me to.

“The fans were great and they mean a lot to us. When they show up like that it does help us.

“At the moment, we are not getting the results for them but we hope they can continue to get behind us players and the manager.”

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