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4 November 2023



4 November 2023

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Mark Trueman lauded a spirited second-half display, despite City falling to a 2-1 defeat in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup to Wycombe Wanderers.

Jamie Walker's volley just after the hour mark pulled a goal back for City, in a second half which the caretaker manager described as "one of the best" halves of football he has seen from the Bantams this season.

“I feel disappointment, as I thought we did enough to get another goal to secure at least a replay,” he said.

“The second-half performance was one of the best I have seen from us in a while. The chances we created, our application and drive was positive. 

“Obviously, we are disappointed, but we have to focus on the positives. We started initially very well. A couple of chances did not go our way.

“Goals always change the momentum of the game, and once we got back on track, we gave a good account of ourselves.”

Trueman hopes his side do not dwell on today’s defeat to Sky Bet League One opposition, and is concentrating on improving the consistency of the performances, ahead of next Saturday’s visit of Barrow.

“The players and the staff are obviously disappointed because we know what we can do against teams at this level,” he said.

“We know that, more often that not, we beat the teams at this level if we play like we did today, so we have to take the positives, and not dwell on the defeat.

“Our concentration is on improving the performances, and being more consistent.

“The recovery is key in the early stages of next week, and then we will dissect this game. 

“The aim is to bounce back and build on the positives, ahead of Barrow.”

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