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9 August 2023



9 August 2023

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Clarke Oduor was pleased with City’s character and response as he scored the winning penalty against Accrington Stanley to book the Bantams' name in Round Two of the Carabao Cup.

City’s first summer signing felt his side “stepped up” from the opening-day disappointment at Crawley Town, and believed it was paramount to bounce back in Accrington.

“I feel buzzing; it is always good to win, no matter the circumstances,” he said.

“Obviously, it did not go to plan on Saturday against Crawley and we needed to bounce back.

“We came here knowing we had to win to kickstart our season, and we did that.

“I think we did step up, to be honest. We started the game well, and even when we conceded, it can be easy to let your head drop.

“We stuck to it, and the back three remained solid. I am proud of how we continued to threaten and we finished the game off in penalty shoot-out.

“We showed great character. By sticking together, we ground out the victory.

The versatile Kenyan international described the sweet feeling of clinching a spot in the second round and was encouraged to see composed and confident finishes from 12 yards - hoping that will get City far this season.

The Bantams' No.12 is hoping to lay more markers down as City kick off their home campaign at the University of Bradford Stadium against Colchester United on Saturday, and is also looking forward to experiencing playing in front of a competitive Valley Parade atmosphere.

“Penalties will always leave one party upset, but when you win it, the feeling is incredible,” he added.

“It sounds simple and cliché, but you have to pick a spot, stick with it and do not change your mind.

“Knowing how composed we were, is always good for going forward in this competition. You want lads that are confident and are ready for produce.

“I am definitely excited to kick off our season at home. To play in front of all these fans is a feeling I have wanted to experience since I arrived. 

“It will be so good at home. They were nuts down here tonight and at Crawley on Saturday.

“We did not start the season as we wanted to, but it is a long season. The aim is to lay more markers down on Saturday and get our first win in the league.”

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