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ALEXANDER: 'EVERY GAME IS A CHALLENGE'

13 December 2023

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ALEXANDER: 'EVERY GAME IS A CHALLENGE'

13 December 2023

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Graham Alexander has called for his players to gain confidence in each other and not get lost in past results, ahead of this weekend's trip to Gillingham. 

Last season, the Bantams put in a strong away performance at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium, and will be looking to replicate that form on Saturday, in search of their fifth-straight victory.

But, as they prepare for their journey, the City boss wants his side to focus on themselves and not the past.

“Every game is a challenge,” he said.

“Going into each match, you have to reset your expectations and prepare right for the challenge ahead.

“Every year you go (to Gillingham), you know it is not going to be an easy game.

“But, come Saturday at three o’clock, you have to be ready.

“People have spoken to me about the performance at Gillingham last season.

“But, going into this one, I want our players to gain confidence in each other and their performances, rather than in past games against the opposition.”

This weekend's game will be the Bantams' first on a Saturday since November 25, after last week's scheduled visit of Salford City was postponed. 

Alexander wanted to make sure his side did not waste the free time and had made contingency plans in case of this eventuality, enabling them to prepare further for a busy festive schedule. 

“We have just cracked on with our normal week this week,” he added.

“We thought there was a good chance the game could be off on Saturday, so we made sure we got the 4G pitch booked to have an 11v11 game.

“That was important as they still had some sort of game time, but obviously not quite like a full-blown game.

“It has been a difficult week of training with the weather, mainly being on the 4G.

“The players understood we could not just let the weekend go and do nothing.

“But it is always a disappointment when the game is called off.”

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