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16 December 2023



16 December 2023

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Graham Alexander was proud of his Bantams’ desire to win as City took all three points in their return to Sky Bet League Two action, at Gillingham today. 

The 52-year-old dissected and lauded the control his side displayed at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium, despite “walking the tightrope” at the beginning of the second half. 

“It can be a concern when you are on a good run of form and then there is a break in games,” he said.

“But, I have nothing but praise for the players. They have trained amazingly and they have been first class again this afternoon.

“It was a good game as both sides gave all they have got, I felt.

“I am happy it is us that are on the winning side of a 2-0 scoreline.

“We had a difficult 10 minutes at the start of the second half with set-pieces, so I am proud of how we dealt with that.

“We walked the tightrope a little bit at times, but we showed great discipline.

“The goals came at great times because it took the momentum off them and enabled us to dictate the game.

“With a strong 2-0 performance at a venue like this, I am very happy.”

Alexander commended the structural set-up of the whole side, as well as the mentality of each of his players, insisting that they “need to deploy that every game”.

The City boss and his players are “relishing every moment” as today’s win marked their fifth-straight victory in all competitions, and he wishes to maintain the standard ahead of next Friday’s trip to Doncaster Rovers.

“Structurally, we were magnificent today,” he said.

“It is not just defenders either. Tyler (Smith)'s build-up play was superb.

“The mentality of being hard to beat is what we need to deploy every game.

“The players are relishing every moment right now.

“Every training session, they are on it. I have never had to ask them to up the tempo. They are getting the rewards, too.

“I will give them little bit of regeneration this week, and a proper training schedule, but we have to maintain this momentum right now.” 

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