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5 February 2023



5 February 2023

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Stand-in skipper Alex Gilliead took positives from yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town at the University of Bradford Stadium. 

Gilliead felt the Bantams controlled possession well throughout the contest, and were good value for their lead at half-time. 

The 26-year-old did however admit he was disappointed with the ending to the encounter, and assessed how the Bantams can learn and develop in seeing out games.

“There were a lot of positives, despite the circumstances at the end of the game,” he said. 

“It was such a disappointing end to the game and, hopefully, we can learn how to see games out. 

“I felt as though we had the better chances, in what was a good game for both sides. If we were a little more clinical, then we would have won, but it was an improved performance. 

“We need to dust ourselves off and be ready for Stevenage next week. 

“We grew into the game and controlled it well at times, so it is frustrating. 

“In the second half, we dropped a little too deep and invited them forward slightly, but it is those fine margins that we need to brush up on.

“That would have been a massive win if we beat a promotion rival, but we can learn from this and be ready for what is next.”

Gilliead, who captained the side in Richie Smallwood’s absence, praised his midfield partners and concluded the individual performances from each of them were of a high level.

He admitted his pride at leading the Bantams out, and insisted “leaders all over the field” can only benefit City - ahead of a huge encounter with second-placed Stevenage next week.

Gilliead added: “We all dug in and I thought the boys who came in did very well. 

“(Ryan) Easty did excellent, and the new boys on their home debuts were very good.

“Jamie (Walker) is someone who has that drive in him and makes a difference, so I was pleased with how the midfield played its part.

“All in all, the whole team performance was very good, and it is just those little details we need to iron out of our game. 

“It was very special moment for me and my family (to wear the armband), so that was nice.

“I have been here a long time - and I know how important the club is to the fans. It means a lot to me.

“We have got leaders all over the field now, especially in the middle, so that will help in the long run.

“It would have been so much better with the three points.

“We need to start winning these games and killing games off. Good performances like that will not always get three points, so we cannot stop pushing.

“It is a massive game next week in Stevenage, and is another chance to get three points.”

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