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10 March 2023

Match Previews


10 March 2023

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Jamie Walker has called for City to build on their recent defensive solidarity, ahead of Saturday’s trip to South Wales to take on Newport County. 

The Scot is looking forward to the encounter, following the Bantams’ recent successes on the road, but recognises City have to build on the momentum they have built. 

He said: “The defence has been massive for us. If we are not conceding goals, we will always have a chance to win matches.

“Sam (Stubbs) has come into the back four and he has been unbelievable, winning headers and tackles - playing the way we like to play. 

“It shows how good he is by keeping Roms (Crichlow) out of the team. He was one of our better player in the first half of the season. 

“If the back four are keeping clean sheets and you have Andy Cook up front, you always have a good recipe to get three points. 

“We are confident. We have been on a good run and the boys are ready.

“We will do our best to recover ahead of another long trip on Saturday, but it is one we will be looking to win.

“We have been good on the road and we did not reach the heights that we have in previous games.

“But, come the end of the season, we might look back at that as an important point.  

“In the game, you can feel tired, but the adrenaline can take you through.”

City’s No.10 is looking forward to getting back into a personal rhythm after missing game time through injury, as he aims to end the season strongly.

The former Hearts man highlighted the importance of “taking it one game at a time”, not looking past what is next coming as the Bantams approach the business end of the season. 

“You can run and train, but there is no better feeling than playing and getting that match fitness,” Walker added. 

“Hopefully, the gaffer keeps selecting me and I can keep helping the team. 

“It has been tough, I came back to a few postponed games, then the sending off and then the two games where I had an illness, so it has been a little stop-start. 

“I always feel better when I am getting a run of games, so hopefully in the coming weeks I can get back to my best and really push on.

“We just need to take it one game at a time. You cannot look too far forward.

“A prime example was before the goals against Colchester, when we were sat 8th in the table.

“You just must take each game as it comes, and pick up as many points as you can.”

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