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HALLIDAY PREPARED FOR STEVENAGE TEST

16 September 2022

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Brad Halliday expects a tough encounter at home to in-form Stevenage tomorrow, but backs the Bantams to step up in search of their third-straight win in Sky Bet League Two.

Boro visit the University of Bradford Stadium second in the table, though City enter the clash looking to make it four-consecutive victories in all competitions. 

The full-back insists the mood in the camp is positive as he and his team-mates continue to gel, and is pleased with how the team is currently performing. 

He said: “It is definitely going to be a massive test on Saturday but, at home, I fancy ourselves against anyone.

“We have proved against Hull, Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday that we can match good sides, play really well and even beat them so, at Valley Parade, I really do back us.

“It will be a tough game, but I feel we have what it takes to get the three points.

“We are only going to get better, too. We are working on partnerships in training and just being around each other in the changing rooms helps us gel.

“The vibe in the camp is good, so we just need to build on that going forward. We will take setbacks throughout the season, but they will make us stronger.

“The more we can do together as a team will help us in games. When we do play, we get a good understanding of what we want to achieve as a team.”

The 27-year-old has formed part of a defence which has only conceded once at Valley Parade in the league this season, and he feels the Bantams' backline can grow even more formidable.

Halliday turned provider in City’s last home outing, assisting Andy Cook in a 2-1 victory over Walsall, and admits he is also focused on attacking elements of his play.

“It has been great, from the minute I stepped foot in the building,” Halliday added.

“Getting to know everyone and forming these connections, particularly with the defenders, has been massive for me and the team.

“I do enjoy getting forward more and making the overlapping runs. Of course, first and foremost, I need to defend and not concede goals.

“When we are in possession, though, it is about getting forward and joining in the attacks.

“We have played a few games now with the same back five, so we have to keep that solid defensive run going into Saturday.”

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