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10 January 2023

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10 January 2023

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After two goals in two games, Vadaine Oliver hopes to continue his scoring form, as the Bantams host Rochdale at the University of Bradford Stadium this evening. 

Oliver has proved a key figure in City's past two matches, scoring twice in the 3-2 victory over Salford City on New Year's Day, and the striker believes past experiences throughout his career have helped him cement a place within the starting 11.

City’s No.19 is now determined to continue making his mark, and is fully committed to the project Mark Hughes is working on at Valley Parade. 

He said: “It is great being back in the team. It has felt like a long time being out of the squad and only picking up minutes here and there, but that is part of the game.

“I cannot argue with being out of the team. When we are playing well and individuals like (Andy) Cooky are performing, you just have to wait for opportunities to come along and you have to make sure you grasp them when they do. 

“My experience has helped me get back into the team. When you are a young player, you can be a little hot-headed and lose your cool a little.

“It has been frustrating at points, but you can draw on your past experiences throughout your career.

“I stuck at it, because I believe in this project and want to get promoted with this team. I wanted to show why I came to this club, and thankfully my moment has come.

“Now, I can continue showing my value to this team, and there is no reason we cannot all continue with this impressive run of form.

The 31-year-old has benefited from a slight change in system, which has seen City occasionally play more direct - a move Oliver feels has helped the team as a whole.

The former Gillingham man is hoping the Bantams can take their confidence and high team spirit into today's rescheduled clash, in which Oliver has encouraged City to match Rochdale’s fight and endeavour.

“Tatically, we have changed, and now it does suit me a lot better,” Oliver added.

“Before, it was very possession based and playing across the back. As a striker, that can be difficult because you might not see the ball for a long time. 

“Now, we are playing in the opposition half, and getting in their faces a bit more, which suits my style. 

“I am not sure if it will last for the remainder of the season or if it will change again, but you always have to be ready to adapt.

“It is reassuring when you do score, especially in a new system, and it does take a lot of weight off your back. As a striker, you want to score goals, and when the chances fall, you just have to put them away.

“It gives you that extra confidence. At times, it was hard for me, because I was coming on at the end of games, and whether I would be seeing games out or chasing teams who are sat in, it was difficult to get opportunities.

“The morale of the dressing room is great. We are in really high spirits, and everyone is coming together and doing really well. 

“The main thing, when you come up against teams like Rochdale, and any team at the bottom end of the table, is that you do not underestimate them.

“You cannot turn up thinking you are the better side with the better players. If we do not match their energy and spirit, we will be in for a tough game.

“If we can match that fight and endeavour, then our quality will come through, and we should win the game.”

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