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4 November 2022

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4 November 2022

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Dion Pereira insists the Bantams are focused on managing games better, ahead of tomorrow's Emirates FA Cup first-round clash with Harrogate Town.

Pereira found the back of the net for City in last week’s 1-1 draw with Crawley Town, opening his account for the season, before Mark Hughes' men conceded shortly after.

City’s No.26 was left frustrated that his contribution was not enough to secure the three points last weekend, and has called for he and his team-mates to learn how to manage games while on top.

Pereira is confident lessons will have been learnt and is eager to implement the changes against Harrogate.

The winger said: “At the beginning of the week, the atmosphere within the team was quiet as we were all disappointed.

“After the draw with Crawley Town, it felt like a defeat. We scored first and then conceded six minutes after, which felt frustrating.  

“We need to manage games better after we take the lead, and look to build on it.

“I must give credit to the team because we responded well to the setback. We created a lot of chances and played positively on the ball.

“As a team, we are producing a lot of opportunities in the final third. That is something the likes of myself, Tyreik (Wright), Andy Cook and (Harry) Chappy thrive off.

“It will only be a matter of time before we start finishing them off, and we have got a chance to do that against Harrogate.

“Our focus now is on Saturday. It is another game and opportunity for me to look to get on the scoresheet and create chances.

“Everybody wants to play in the FA Cup. It enables us to give something back to the fans by aiming for a winning run.”

Despite only managing a share of the points against Crawley Town, Pereira was delighted to have notched his first goal since returning to the Bantams on loan from Luton Town in the summer.

He added: “Getting my first goal was a huge relief. The first goal is always the hardest, but I will go in search of more now.

“When my confidence is high, I know how good I can play, and scoring against Crawley helped massively.

“Honestly, it meant the world to me. I have had a few opportunities to score at Valley Parade from the previous season, and I have finally managed it.

“I had goosebumps when I celebrated in the corner, hearing my name being sung by the fans. It was an incredible atmosphere, and we are all hoping for the same tomorrow.”

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