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CRICHLOW PROUD OF DEFENSIVE DISPLAY

25 January 2023

Romoney Crichlow took pride in the Bantams' solid defensive display, as they recorded back-to-back clean sheets with a goalless draw at Stockport County. 

The Huddersfield Town loanee praised the City backline for nullifying the Hatters’ attacking threat, particularly with last night's hosts coming into the encounter with four league victories in five.

Crichlow admitted the Bantams earnt the point through “imposing their physicality” and was overall content with the point and clean sheet.

He said: “As part of the defensive unit, it was a good point for us. A clean sheet, and doing it in a tough ground, is always a positive. 

“We knew coming in, it was going to be a tough game. Losing at home, it was important for us to match and - in some cases - beat their physicality, and keep the ball out of our net.

“That was our main focus, and I am proud that we did that.

“We know any team can beat anyone in this league, and we know from earlier in the season how hard it is to play against Stockport.

“We did not take them lightly, and it was important to impose our style and our strength.

“We had enough quality on the pitch to take the sting out of their game. The only thing we were missing was a goal.

The 23-year-old encouraged his attacking team-mates to continue “playing our way”, and congratulated the Bantams’ initial response, when Stockport began to attack.

Crichlow feels 10 days of rest until City’s next encounter against Mansfield Town at the University of Bradford Stadium will allow the side to recover and position themselves better to take more than a point.

“We need to keep playing our way and causing opposing teams problems,” the defender added.

“In fairness, we allowed them to come forward in the second half, but when we realised that, we went back to trying to get on the front foot.

“Unfortunately, we did not get that important goal that I feel we were pushing a lot for at times, but away from home, with our backs against the ball, I am happy with the point. 

“It is has been a stop-start few weeks with games being postponed, but it gives us time to recover, and extra time to the new boys settled in.

“We look forward to the next game and hope we are in an even better position to get the win.

“It is about looking back on this game, taking the positives, and building on it next weekend.”

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