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21 January 2022

Match Previews


21 January 2022

Paudie O’Connor has been encouraged by the new faces City have welcomed in the January transfer window, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Rochdale. 

Dion Pereira, Jamie Walker and Matty Daly have all joined the club on loan until the end of the season and the Bantams centre-back has been impressed by the quality they have brought.

Scorer of Saturday’s winning goal, O'Connor insists the fresh faces will aid City's push up the table with the goal threat they offer.

He said: “It has been very lively in training. The new additions have made it very competitive and hopefully that translates over to the weekend.

“Everyone saw what Jamie brought to the game on Saturday, and Dion and Matty look really sharp in training.

“We want them to help us win games. When you are winning games, and there is a quick turnaround, you can generate momentum.

“Having games on a Tuesday and a Saturday is great when you are winning, as you can shoot up the table. We are hoping to be a lot closer to the play-offs over the next couple of weeks.”

Saturday’s win against Salford was an eventful one for O’Connor, with the Irishman on the receiving end of an elbow that knocked out his tooth, before scoring the winning goal late in the second half.

The Irishman admitted he did not consider coming off as he had not lost consciousness, and was pleased to get the winning goal to reward his decision to stay on.

He said: “I was getting a bit of stick off the boys at the end. They were saying I enjoyed it more because I got my tooth knocked out.

“You have to adapt to the moment. I had a bit of pain relief at half-time and stuck it out and thankfully I got the goal.

“Once I knew I did not lose consciousness and they were down to ten, it was not a difficult decision.

“It did not hurt that badly at the time because of the adrenaline. It was only towards the end when the win was getting into it that it started to get sore, but I was delighted it paid off.”

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