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PLATT COMMENDS CITY’S MENTAL STRENGTH

15 December 2023

Match Previews

PLATT COMMENDS CITY’S MENTAL STRENGTH

15 December 2023

Matty Platt hailed the Bantams’ confidence and mental fortitude as they go in search of a fifth-straight victory when travelling to Gillingham tomorrow afternoon, in their return to Sky Bet League Two action.

The centre-back aims to help maintain the belief in the camp, and feels Graham Alexander’s intense training sessions are a key factor to City’s recent upturn in form.

“All of the lads are very confident right now,” Platt said.

“We are all looking forward to each game that comes.

“When you win a couple of games, you feel on top of the world, and we just have to keep that going.

“It is like that in any sport. When you lose a few, mentally, you lose a bit of confidence.

“Right now, we are in a good spot, and we just want to carry on this good run.

“The gaffer wants us to train like we play - it is nothing revolutionary, but it works.

“It has become second nature to us now, and of late, it has been helping us out.

“I can sense a gear change, but I do think it is a natural reaction. Everyone wants to be at the top of their game.”

The 26-year-old is relishing the “healthy competition” for places among City's defensive unit, insisting it keeps each player “on their toes”.

After netting in victories over Barnsley in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy and Forest Green Rovers, Platt admitted he has focused on finding the net more, and recognised the importance of having that ability in his arsenal.

“Being part of the defensive group has been very competitive,” he said.

“We are not short of options at the back, but it is healthy right now.

“If you want to be in the team, you have to play well. It works for us and it works for the team.

“We all know that we have to perform well, and it does keep you on your toes.

“I have been practising my finishing, too!

“In all seriousness, it was something I wanted to work on. As a defender, you are not judged on your goalscoring, but I still want to chip in where I can.

“The last few weeks have been good in that regard, and I am proud to be able to contribute at the top end of the pitch.

“It does help. There is a difference when you are heading the ball in an attacking sense to when you are defending, so having that confidence and belief you are going to score will help.

“Hopefully, a few more can come from the defensive unit!”

Close to 350 City supporters are set to travel down to Kent tomorrow afternoon, though fans are reminded there will be no matchday ticket sales at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium whatsoever. 


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