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22 January 2022



22 January 2022

Derek Adams was left frustrated by a lack of flow to the game halting City's momentum, following this afternoon's goalless draw at Rochdale. 

The Bantams succumbed to a stalemate at the Crown Oil Arena and Adams believes the number of injuries accumulated by both sides prevented the game from flowing.

An impressive opening 25 minutes was subdued by an Elliot Watt injury - followed by two injuries in quick succession for the hosts - halting any momentum, according to Adams.

He said: “It was a very stop-and-start game. The opening period made me think it was going to be entertaining, but the injuries really slowed it down.

“They had three, we had two. It was very stop-start throughout.

“Over the 90 minutes, I do not think either team deserved to win because it was so difficult to gather momentum.”

Adams took solace from his side's defensive display with the Bantams earning their first clean sheet this calendar year.

A shift in formation before the game - coupled with changes due to injuries - meant Adams’ men had to adapt to earn a shutout.

He said: “We made two defensive changes to the team that won last week and I thought we dealt with the shape really well.

“We got a clean sheet that is beneficial, but our chances were all from range.

“Rochdale have a false position in the league in my opinion, but they could not break through, and neither could we.”

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