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1 March 2023



1 March 2023

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Richie Smallwood praised City's travelling support following their comfortable 2-0 victory over Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium. 

The skipper felt the three points gained were crucial ones, with the Bantams now back inside the play-off places. 

Smalwood, who netted his third goal of the season in Kent, wants the victory to give City more momentum heading into the final games of the season, with his side now five unbeaten on the road.

“The away support was unbelievable,” he said. 

“We are happy to send them home with a good performance and three points to celebrate.

“It is amazing for them to come down here to Gillingham - it is not a easy place to get to on a Tuesday night.

“It is a massive three points, and winning our game in hand. We knew it would be tough coming here.

“We stood up to the challenge, and their style of play, which is not easy. We did well in transition, which took the wind out of their sails.

“We have been on some good form. We knew this would be a good momentum builder and we managed to come here and do a job. 

“We are doing the basics well at the moment, which is pleasing, and is something that will hopefully take us a long way in the league.”

The Bantams' No.6 is enjoying his new role on the left of a midfield diamond, and how his creative freedom allowed him to add to his goal tally this season. 

Smallwood is looking forward to Saturday’s bumper crowd against Colchester at the University of Bradford Stadium, insisting it is another opportunity to build on positive results.

He added: “With this new role, it has been enjoyable. It is nice to have a bit more freedom, while also helping the team. 

“I like to play on the front foot, and this has allowed me to do that. It has been a while since I have played in a different position. 

“It feels good to be able to chip in with a few goals and assists, and I am happy I managed to do that.

“To see the ball roll in after getting my head on it, was really pleasing. I am just happy to help the team and edge in front. 

“Our home form has not been great all season. We have not managed to put a long run together and it is something that is needed.

“Saturday is just another opportunity to do that, so we can keep building on our good form. 

“If we nullify the opposition and control games, just as we did last night, then we will be pleased.”

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