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16 April 2023



16 April 2023

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Sam Stubbs was thrilled to have been able to reward the 3,158 travelling City supporters with three points against Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena yesterday.

The Bantams' No.36 was delighted to get on the scoresheet, bagging his first goal for the club and the first scored by a defender in claret and amber this season.

He felt a defender getting on the scoresheet was something that had been coming, and was happy to have lifted the hoodoo. 

“I am happy to be able to reward the travelling fans; they deserve it,” Stubbs said.

“They are unbelievable. The numbers we get both home and away, they are a credit to themselves with how they travel and the support they give us.

“There is a responsibility on us as players to reward their support. What we have is something very rare and something we are very thankful for.

“There has been a big thing about defenders not scoring, so I am happy to get that off all our backs. With the quality we have, it was something that had been coming.

“It happened quite quickly. I found myself in a bit of space, and it was harder to miss than score with the quality of the ball from Dickie (Smallwood).

“Glyn (Hodges) has been important in term of set-pieces, it is a real team effort. It comes from practice and repetition on the training pitch, and it paid off.”

Stubbs reflected on his time at the club so far, and how the dressing room - and blend of youth and experience - has been since he joined.

The former Exeter centre-back knows all too well how important games are at this time of the season, after his stint in Devon resulted in promotion for himself and his former team last season, and is hoping to repeat that with the Bantams.

He added: “There is a great blend of youth and experience in the squad, with the young boys and the older boys.

“I have loved my time here so far. I have said this before, this is a proper club. Hopefully. we have a good end to the season.

“Time is important. It is crunch time now. Wins are massive, they are invaluable. You would look at this period of the season and say a draw is not good enough in a game like this.

“There is nothing better than close fixtures when you are doing well. You just roll into games - the Tuesday and Saturday games have probably helped us with that.

“We need to take it game by game, which we have been doing. We will approach Tuesday the same way, and hopefully it ends in the same result.”

The Bantams are next in action at Swindon Town on Tuesday evening. To purchase an iFollow video match pass and catch every minute live, please CLICK HERE

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