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20 March 2022



20 March 2022

Returning goal-scorer Charles Vernam praised City's attitude and response, despite yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Port Vale.

Mark Hughes’ side conceded two early second-half goals which condemned them to a narrow loss at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

Although the Bantams fell short on the afternoon, the 25-year-old praised the battling spirit of the team and insists they can take encouragement from it moving forward.

He said: “We got back into the game with a goal and had a lot of chances after that.

“We have shown throughout the season that there is a big spirit in the group.

“We have a good squad of people and are always going to keep going until the end of games. We did that in this one.

“There is no point in dwelling on this game. We need to learn from it and realise how we can beat teams who want to come here and stop us from playing.

“It is about taking that positivity into the next game and going from there.

“It would have been nice to get back out with a result but, as a squad, it is about re-grouping and remembering we have had a tough week of fixtures, before going again.”

Vernam was pleased to make his first appearance for the Bantams since the end of January and to mark it with his fifth goal of the season.

The winger is now hoping he can impress for the remainder of the campaign in a bid to help the team earn positive results.

He added: “It was great to be back out there. I have missed the feeling of playing in front of this crowd, especially with the positivity around the club right now.

“I have seen the change in the style of play and the manager has come in and stamped his authority in a short space of time.  

“There is a lot of positivity at the club and everyone is getting behind us, which is amazing.

“There is no feeling like scoring in a football game, especially in front of these magnificent supporters.

“It has been a really frustrating time out and no-one wants to be injured. I have been itching to get back in and show what I can do.

“I got a goal in this game, which was positive, but next it is about helping the team to victories.

“If I can do this by putting in strong individual performances or fitting into the team as a collective then that is what I have to do.”

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