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30 October 2022



30 October 2022

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Scott Banks insists he and his team-mates need to be "more clinical" following yesterday afternoon’s 1-1 draw against Crawley Town.

The Crystal Palace loanee was introduced as a substitute in the 74th minute, following a period on the sidelines after picking up an injury.

While pleased to have returned to league action in claret and amber, Banks admitted overall frustration with the outcome of the game.

He said: “I have missed not being able to play in front of our home crowd. It was nice to hear the buzz and the fans behind us.

“I really enjoyed playing at Valley Parade again but, ultimately, I was left frustrated that we could not secure the three points.

“We need to be more clinical with the chances we create. We had a lot of opportunities to build on our lead, but did not take advantage.  

“We have identified a pattern from recent games, that if we do not convert our chances then we allow the pressure to build on us. Having a one-goal lead is still a vulnerable position.

“As a team, we need to become more ruthless in front of goal, and we have more than enough quality to do so.

“Reflecting on my own performance, there was probably one big chance I could have done better with.

“As a footballer, one of my favourite moments is when I feel under pressure, but know I could potentially decide the game. When we were awarded the free-kick, in the closing stages of the game, the idea of claiming all three points excited me.

“I felt I let myself down a little bit with the set-piece, compared to the quality I know I can give in those situations, but I will not let it stop me from grabbing the next opportunity.”

City’s No.12 also spoke of the prospect of representing the Bantams in the Emirates FA Cup next weekend, encouraging the Bantams to use the midweek break as a reset following recent results.

He added: “The midweek break will give us a bit of a rest in the league, where the final results have not been going our way. As a team, it will provide us with a reset as we prepare for the FA Cup.

“The FA Cup is a competition I have not played in before so I am really looking forward to the opportunity, should I be selected. It is such a historic cup. I would love a cup run, both personally and for the team.

“I am looking forward to getting back on the pitch again, whenever the gaffer chooses to select me. I am ready.”

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