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2 November 2023

Match Previews


2 November 2023

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Mark Trueman is looking forward to the first game of his caretaker charge of the Bantams, which sees Wycombe Wanderers visit the University of Bradford Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend. 

Trueman recognised the challenge of playing a side from the division above, but insists City can use the opportunity as motivation ahead of Saturday's clash. 

“Wycombe will be a good challenge for us,” Trueman said.

“Similarly to Man City’s under-21s in midweek, there are going to be times where they will keep the ball, and we have to be clinical - both in possession and when converting chances.

“We are ready for the challenge, but again, like on Tuesday night, we do not fear them.

“Playing a team in a higher division can always motivate you, and we have performed well against sides positioned above us.

“Naturally, the pressure is there when there is a difference in quality.”

The 35-year-old discussed the transition of taking the reigns as caretaker manager, following Kevin McDonald’s final match in the dugout in Tuesday’s Bristol Street Motors Trophy victory. 

He admitted the dynamic will not change much, with McDonald still involved behind the scenes, and that there is no need for radical changes to be implemented ahead of Saturday’s cup tie.

“The dynamic has not changed much, Kev’s voice is still there in meetings,” he said. 

“It helps too. Having a person like him amongst the players and staff is massive for us.

“We will all work together, like we did before, in order to get the result - starting on Saturday.

“There has been change - there is no denying that - but we are all on the same page and Kev’s style of the play is not too far from mine.

“We are all looking forward to the game on Saturday. We know what we need to do.

“When the FA Cup comes around, the motivation speaks for itself. We are in a good position to give it our all.”

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