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10 November 2023

Match Previews


10 November 2023

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New Bantams boss Graham Alexander is hoping for a strong start to his tenure tomorrow, when his City side takes on Barrow at the University of Bradford Stadium.

Alexander is looking forward to taking charge of his first game in the City dugout against the Bluebirds, and is aiming to give the Bantams faithful “something to cheer about”. 

At Tuesday’s media unveiling, the former Scotland international discussed his ambitions to create a side with multiple goalscorers, and believes the way to do that is to instil a positive mentality across attacking positions.

“Being at home for my first game, it is a great chance to give the crowd something to cheer about,” he said.

“The aim is take this new group of players and show the opponents what we are made of.

“As a manager, I do not spend too long worrying about the opposition. You will win a game depending on your performance.

“I do not have a soft spot for anyone. I am hoping for a strong start, come Saturday, so I will focus on my team and their strengths and ability.

“I see goals in this team. I think every player has the ability to score. We will try and get them in the positions to score goals and equip them with the right mindset.

“We have an outstanding goalscorer in (Andy) Cooky, but we cannot rely on one person.

“I am a believer in a team and, from what I have seen so far, I can see a lot in this side to provide more goals.

“I am looking forward to taking this group of players and giving Barrow a good test on Saturday.”

The new City boss discussed the need for positive home form, and insisted his players must be ready to “overcome trepidation” at times, in order to make the University of Bradford Stadium a fortress.

“Sometimes, you might need to overcome that trepidation and fear factor,” Alexander continued.

“Everyone wants to make their home ground a fortress, but you will have players that need reminding you can only do that if you put the effort in.

“Sometimes, I needed that as a player, so I will always try and instil a mentality where there should be no fear or insecurity when playing at home.

“Supporters need to see commitment and effort from their team. That is the bare minimum.

“The thing is, the opposition manager will say the same thing to their team. Sometimes, it is a matter of who is more up for the challenge. 

“We want to show these supporters what we are made of.”

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