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7 December 2023

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7 December 2023

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Graham Alexander praised his Bantams’ recent displays, as they go in search of their fifth-straight victory in all competitions against Salford City at the University of Bradford Stadium on Saturday.

The City chief felt his side are “ticking boxes” with every performance, and is proud of the commitment from each individual.

He also outlined how crucial clear messaging is, both tactically and mentally, to creating consistency, and hopes the Bantams can follow up their positive form with another three points at the weekend.

“I have been delighted with what I have seen over the past few games,” Alexander noted.

“The response from the Notts County game a few weeks ago pleased me. I saw their confidence and ability to overcome hardship, and I am very proud of that. 

“I am really impressed with the quality.

“When they are committed, we show how strong we can be. The aim for any manager when you join a club is to create a squad that can tick all the boxes, and you have to have players that almost fit the jigsaw.

“We have that here. It is about keeping them motivated, too. The messaging from myself and the staff has to be clear.

“We know we have players that can contribute to clean sheets, the link-up play, finishing off attacks, and all other things that you need to do to win a game of football.

“The individuals at this football club can help us win games.”

The 52-year-old assessed his former side, and suggested that both teams will come into the encounter with a similar mindset, but stresses that his Bantams have to solely focus on their own output.

Looking back on recent victories, he has recognised City have done that in each of their last outings, most notably in the 3-0 win against Forest Green Rovers, and is hoping for a repeat against Neil Wood’s side.

“I am looking forward to the game on Saturday, for sure,” he continued.

“Of course, I have spent time there, and look back at my period with Salford fondly.

“They are a very possession-based team, who want to play in a certain fashion.

“Salford are not where they want to be in the table, but that makes two of us!

“We want to be pushing higher up this division, but as with every opponent, I stress that we have to focus on ourselves.

“Regardless of their injuries or form, we have to concentrate on our output.

“Whether we play bottom or top of the league, or in a cup game, we need to maintain high standards.

“In the victory against Forest Green, most notably, we kept pushing to create more chances, and even with the red card, we remained switched on until the final whistle which I respect and praise each player for.

“Come Saturday, we have to take what we have done in the past five games, and if we do that, I have full faith that we will walk away with three points.”

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