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18 March 2022

Match Previews


18 March 2022

Dion Pereira is excited by the potential to make his home debut this weekend, when the Bantams are visited by Port Vale.

Pereira boasts a 100% win rate in games he has played for City, after making his debut in last Saturday's triumph over Forest Green.

As the Bantams return to West Yorkshire, Pereira is hopeful of making his first bow at the Utilita Energy Stadium on Saturday.

He said: “I have been waiting long enough to play in front of the home fans.

“Hopefully, we can get three points again and another win on the bounce.

“I have been excited about this since the first day I signed here and hopefully we can make it three wins on the spin.

“I love the support. I love pressure and showing everyone what I can do. I want to show them all what I can produce.”

After signing on loan in January, Pereira had a frustrating start to life with City - having been sidelined with injury and illness and waiting two months for his debut. 

The 22-year-old made sure to take full advantage of his opportunity when it came his way, and spoke of a feeling of redemption after a spell on the sidelines.

He added: “Being injured is the biggest hurdle, and it is the most upsetting problem a footballer can come across.

“The only thing you want to do is play. It is upsetting seeing the boys in training and not being able to do that.

“When you come back, it is pure happiness and success. That is how it has happened for me.

“Being set back for a month and a half was tough, but the fans want to see me play and being able to show them is so good, it is amazing.”

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