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23 July 2023



23 July 2023

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Sam Stubbs reflected on yesterday afternoon's 1-1 draw with Sky Bet Championship side Hull City, as the Bantams took one step closer to the start of the league season.

Stubbs was pleased to get on the scoresheet at the University of Bradford Stadium, but insisted his goal was more important from a team perspective, particularly as set pieces "are something we have been working on".

“It was nice to get more minutes back at Valley Parade, and I enjoyed being back,” he said.

“[On his goal] It was probably more pleasing from a team point of view.

“The set-piece routine is something we have been working on, and something we identify as being important for the league season, it is always nice to get on the scoresheet.

“Scoring more goals is definitely something I want to bring to my game more this season, after only getting one last season. I think set-pieces will be huge.

“We cannot all rely on (Andy) Cooky to get the goals, we all have to chip in. There is great height within the team and we have to make the most of it.”

With six new faces signing for the Bantams over the summer, Stubbs is pleased with how the new players have settled into the group, and feels squad morale is high at present. 

The defender is looking forward to another challenge against Championship opposition, when Middlesbrough visit Valley Parade on Wednesday night (7.30pm). 

“The new lads have settled in brilliantly,” he added. 

“It was a good group previously, but there are no bad eggs in this group. We are all mates both on and off the pitch.

“But from a football point of view, they have definitely strengthened us from last year, which will only stand us in good stead.

“I am looking forward to it [the Middlesbrough game]. It is my old club, so it will be nice to see some familiar faces.

“They did very well last year and I am sure they will be up there again this year. It is another good test against another good team.”

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