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ALEXANDER DISSECTS FIRST GAME IN CHARGE

11 November 2023

Interviews

ALEXANDER DISSECTS FIRST GAME IN CHARGE

11 November 2023

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Graham Alexander admitted his Bantams must work on cutting out mistakes, after defeat in his first game in charge this afternoon. 

The Bantams fell 2-1 at home to Barrow, conceding the winning goal in the 77th minute when in the ascendancy.

The new City chief wants his players to work on not "placing ourselves on the back foot", but had seen positives in City's response.

“We cannot put ourselves on the back foot,” he said.

“They scored with their only shot in the second half, and that is down to us. We have to avoid conceding poor goals.

“Our response to going behind was good. Going down to a side that wants to sit back is difficult.

“In the second half, we had pressure and momentum, and we needed to create a winning goal from that. Today, we were unable to do that.

“I said to the players that their reaction was good, but it had to be better.

“When you concede early, your gameplan can go out of the window, but we slowly came back into the match, then we had to adjust due to the injuries we suffered.

“At half-time, we were able to get some feedback to the players, but life is not fair and neither is football. We have to take it on the chin and move on.”

Alexander stated how important character is, and admitted he saw that today, and is looking forward to working with the group more, ahead of next week's lunchtime encounter against Notts County. 

He concluded by praising the support his side his received in today's game, hoping the City faithful will continue to back his side, believing the importance of the supporters can take the Bantams a long way.

He added: “In training, you only see a portion. In a game is where the real test is. That is where you really see players' character. 

“You can see who can take their training levels into a game, and who can play against different oppositions. Today was a learning curve for myself.

“The atmosphere in the second half was unbelievable. We need our fans to support the team going forward, and I believe they will.

“Hopefully, the majority of the supporters will have appreciated their efforts today. There are no qualms in being disappointed by the result.

“We are here to win. We did not do that today, but we have to move on.”

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