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11 August 2023

Match Previews


11 August 2023

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Sam Stubbs has called for his teammates to take the momentum gathered from progression in the Carabao Cup into tomorrow's visit of Colchester United. 

The Bantams made their way through to round two of the competition on Tuesday evening with a penalty shoot-out victory over Accrington. 

Stubbs was encouraged by the performance and result, and wants City to keep kicking on, and make a strong start on home soil. 

“It was a tough game, but my legs were good for the first 90 minutes,” he said.

“I think it was a good performance. There are areas we need to improve on, but the hard work and intensity was encouraging.

“We would like to create more, but the intensity we played at was high, and training is intense too, so we are looking to take that into Saturday.

“The goal we conceded was disappointing from a team point of view, but I think in the game as a whole we did enough to win in 90 minutes, and that is encouraging.

“I look at the league and it is massively improved this year. Everyone has recruited and teams who have come down are stronger, so it will be a really tough year.

“Every game is going to be important, and I am really looking forward to it.”

Stubbs admitted it has been tricky to adapt to the changes in officiating we have seen so far this season, and anticipates he may have to change his game in order to meet the demands. 

“First of all, it is the same for everyone,” he added.

There is quite a lot coming into the game now like more yellow cards and the multiball approach.

“You go to say something to the ref and you have to think to yourself, 'is that too much'? You have just got to be careful.

“Whether it is a positive or a negative change, we just have to focus on ourselves and look to perform as best as we can when we go on the pitch.”

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