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1 November 2023



1 November 2023

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Ryan Farrell heaped praise on his side after their 2-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park sent them through the second round of the FA Youth Cup.

The young Bantams coach was unsure how his side would respond to the environment they were in, but felt they coped well and pleased him with their performance.

The under-19s boss spoke of how invaluable the experience of playing in the FA Youth Cup can be for players as they look to make their way into the first team, stating they as staff want more games like this for their young players.

“I was really pleased with tonight’s performance,” he said

“We had been inconsistent in the league as of late, so I was unsure how we would respond to the environment, but the performance was a really pleasing one, individually and collectively. 

“That is what we are striving for, more games like this.

“Going from under-18s and under-19s football to the first team, like Bobby (Pointon) and Freddy (Jeffreys), is a change, and nights like this are invaluable going into that environment and thriving in that environment.”

Farrell was pleased with the performance he saw from Harry Ibbitson, as his brace handed City the victory in Merseyside. 

He also spoke highly of goalkeeper Zack Hadi after his clean sheet, speaking of how his recent involvement with the first team has been beneficial. 

“(Harry) is a typical number nine,” Farrell added.

“He can hold it up and score goals, he is great around the group. 

“He has a lot of potential, he just needs to keep scoring goals and kick on.

“It is good for the players to be in and around the first team, Zac has really enjoyed that experience so far. 

“The experience he gained was invaluable, and he carried that into training with us.

“We are big on experience and good ones, so it is fantastic to see and hear players having positive experiences with the first team.”

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