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ALEXANDER: 'AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE TONIGHT'

21 November 2023

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ALEXANDER: 'AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE TONIGHT'

21 November 2023

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Graham Alexander lauded an “excellent performance” as his Bantams beat Sky Bet League One side Barnsley 5-1 to top the Bristol Street Motors Trophy Northern Group F at the University of Bradford Stadium.

The City boss appreciated the application from his side as they raced into a 3-0 lead before half-time, and was also pleased to see goals scored from five different players, as he aims to harness a new goalscoring mindset when in attacking positions.

“I saw an excellent performance tonight,” he said.

“We approached the game exactly how we wanted to. We continued where we left off on Saturday with the second-half display.

“We started strong, and kept piling pressure on by adding to our tally.

“There was a time in the game we took the foot off the gas, but overall, tonight was a very impressive performance.

“We had five different scorers all over the pitch and we need that.

“We cannot just rely on one player. It was nice to see Andy (Cook) score, and his overall play was excellent, but we need more players to take the weight off at times.

“We know there are players who can score goals. It is about harnessing that mindset when in attacking positions.”

The 52-year-old hopes to take confidence from winning and progressing to the second round of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, but insists his Bantams are “not out of the woods” yet.

“I do not think I have ever seen a negative effect to losing,” he added.

“As long as you are winning, you can always draw confidence from that.

“We are not out of the woods yet though, there is still work to do.

“We could have capitulated on Saturday at half-time, but we did not. The players showed incredible mental strength to keep going in the second half.

“I will hold them to this standard, now, and hopefully we can keep these performances coming.”


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