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3 March 2023

Match Previews


3 March 2023

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Andy Cook hopes the Bantams can return to winning ways at the University of Bradford Stadium tomorrow, when Colchester United visit.

A third fourth-tier attendance record in less than 12 months of over 19,400 is already expected inside Valley Parade, much to the delight of a "buzzing" dressing room, full of confidence following two-successive away triumphs.

City’s No.9 acknowledges the importance of strong home form, and believes the Bantams can give the bumper crowd something to cheer tomorrow afternoon, and bounce back on home turf.

“It is important to correct our home form,” Cook said.

“We are winning games away, and looking comfortable when we do so, so we have to take that into our home games.

“If we can change our fortunes on Saturday, then who knows what can happen this season?

“The morale is high. We are coming off the back of two wins.

“It was disappointing the last time we were at home. The wins against Doncaster and Gillingham put that right, so we are buzzing at the moment.

“Bouncing back how we did against Doncaster, in front of those fans, has given us a lot of confidence, and now it is just about maintaining that.

Sky Bet League Two’s top goal-scorer is delighted with the progress he has made personally this campaign, as he netted his 21st of the season on Tuesday, but wants to continue his goal-scoring form.

Cook reflected on his “brilliant” time in claret and amber, with him set to make his 100th City appearance against the U’s, but reiterates that his season is far from finished.

“I am happy, up to now,” he added.

“The season is not over, though, and hopefully I can continue my form.

“I always feel like I will get a chance in a game, and this season, I have taken my chances when they have come. 

“I will always back myself to score, but it is always good when, like the other night, other lads chip in.

“I have been confident in front of goal this season. I am happy with what I have done, but it is far from over.

“After originally arriving on loan, I was just coming to get game time and prove a point. So, to have achieved what I have so far, has been brilliant.

“Every goal is magical, I still remember my first two against Cheltenham like it was yesterday! The aim is always to get more.

“It will be nice to make my 100th appearance on Saturday, but the main aim is to correct our home form and show the fans what we are capable of.”

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