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25 November 2023



25 November 2023

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Graham Alexander said his players' performance was pleasing to see, as his side came away with a 1-0 victory at the University of Bradford Stadium against Accrington Stanley.

The Bantams boss was delighted after all the hard work his players have put in during training, admitting they have all responded well after a "few sore results".

The City chief was happy that his players stepped up to the "stiff competition" the visitors gave today, recognising that they cannot take their foot off the gas and need to continue the momentum they have gained from today's three points.

“It was a great feeling. I am really pleased for the lads,” he said.

“They have worked hard in training over the last few weeks after a few sore results.

“We have responded well since then, beating a good few teams. It was a good game for us.

“This is a competitive division. I thought that we played really well.

“The players know what they can do and today they brought it all together.

“We still have work to do. I feel the players have the bit between their teeth. It is important now that we keep this up and do not step our foot off the gas.”

He was full of praise for goalscorer Tyler Smith, after his 58th-minute lob secured all three points, boasting how he is pleased to see how well him and Andy Cook have linked up.

He hopes their strike partnership will flourish more in the coming fixtures, starting on Tuesday evening when the Bantams visit Forest Green Rovers.

“There is a good understanding with (Tyler) and Andy (Cook),” Alexander added.

“They both give us different attributes that blend well together. They have developed a good rhythm together.

“I was happy with how they were prepared to run the channels and press the ball. It is really important that we are defensively strong, and that starts from the front.

“Tyler got a hat-trick just before we came in, and he has scored a few in recent games.

“Ahead of the next game, we need to continue to keep the energy levels high, ensuring they were at the level they were today.

“We will assess the players on Monday and then we will look at what team we feel most confident putting out ahead of the next game.”

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