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19 May 2023

Match Previews


19 May 2023

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Adam Clayton believes he and his City teammates are “well set” ahead of their Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg against Carlisle United at Brunton Park tomorrow.

City’s No.40 is determined for the Bantams, who hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg, to secure their spot in the final, and has called for them to remain clinical in front of goal and keep defensively resilient.

The former Middlesbrough captain noted that City can take confidence from their away form this campaign. 

“Our approach has to be similar to the first leg - to do everything we can to win the game,” he said.

“At the business ends of the pitch, we have got to be strong. By that, I mean we have got to be clinical and keep the ball out of our net.

“Will one goal be enough? We cannot risk it, we have got to approach the game like any other.

“We cannot just go and defend because they will put bodies in the box and they will find a way.

“We know what is coming - the job is simple and we have to win the game.

“The camp is fully focused and we are determined to get through and get to Wembley.

“Our performances away from home give us confidence. It gets overlooked how we can fight.

“Our defenders give very little away - and it might be one of those days where we have to be resolute defensively.

“The way we keep possession away from home is strong. Our stats in the table are very promising, so we can also take that into Saturday.”

Clayton further discussed City’s promotion ambitions, and is excited by the prospect of tackling some "unfinished business" at Wembley, but insisted that, fundamentally, the trip to Cumbria “is just another game”.

The former Carlisle loan player is not intimidated by the expected hostile environment awaiting the Bantams tomorrow, praising the support of the City faithful and insisting he and his teammates are “ready to go”.

“When you strip it down, it is another game,” Clayton said.

“We have played them three times now, it is not like we do not know who we are up against.

“You get pre-game nerves, of course you do, but if we go with a right mind and remain confident, we can get something out of the game.

“I have been to Wembley twice and lost twice, so personally I have unfinished business.

“We have got to go and be strong and hopefully we get there, and of course, go up.

“Our fans were class - they took it up a notch from Orient, which was brilliant.

“The connection between the fans and the players has changed and it is helping us.

“At Carlisle, it will be hostile, but we are a good team and we know we can do the job.

“Equally, we cannot go there and expect to win just because we have that advantage.

“We are excited and we will be ready to go.”

REMINDER: Tickets for tomorrow's clash are SOLD OUT, with close to 2,000 Bantams set to travel to Brunton Park. 

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