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5 March 2022



5 March 2022

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Returning City goal-scorer Gareth Evans was encouraged by the Bantams’ performance despite yesterday's “heartbreaking” late 2-1 defeat at home to Swindon Town. 

The midfielder opened the scoring in the contest - with his first goal for the Bantams in over a year. 

Evans was encouraged with the way his side performed on the afternoon and was adamant they did not deserve to end the game empty-handed. 

He said: “It was disappointing. The way the game finished was heartbreaking, particularly given the performance the lads gave. 

“It was something we did not deserve, but we just have to learn from it. 

“If we had have taken our chances in the first half, we would have won the game, but we did not manage to do that. 

“The crowd can be enthused by the performance and it will be an exciting final 10 games of the season if we continue playing like that.

“Right now, everyone is gutted but, once the dust settles, everyone will realise how well we played and that we deserved at least a point or even three.”

The 33-year-old also touched on being back in the City squad after what was his first league start since September. 

With new manager Mark Hughes arriving with fresh ideas, the former Portsmouth captain believes there is a renewed excitement within the camp. 

Evans added: “When a situation like this comes along where a new manager comes in, it is important you are ready to be thrown into the mix. 

“A new management team will perhaps play different players, so there is a chance that players who have not been involved much will get a chance to get out there on the pitch. 

“The manager’s philosophy is a lot different to previous managers. It is a lot more attacking and possession based. 

“Everyone is desperate to play, so the standards in training and on a Saturday afternoon have gone up massively. 

“Everyone is excited about the way the club is going at the moment. 

“We have a tough run of fixtures coming up but we just need to take it game by game, and I am sure the results will follow.”

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