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HARD-FOUGHT THREE POINTS PLEASES McDONALD

7 October 2023

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HARD-FOUGHT THREE POINTS PLEASES McDONALD

7 October 2023

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Kevin McDonald was pleased with the energy his side showed as the Bantams were 1-0 victors against Swindon Town at the University of Bradford Stadium.

City’s caretaker manager applauded his side willingness to buy into how he wanted them to play, to be able to come away with all three points.

McDonald praised City for following through the on the plan he and the coaching staff had set out, admitting they tried to take advantage of the spaces the away side would leave.

“It was a good afternoon for us,” he said.

“The lads bought into what we have been trying to do. I feel it was a deserved three points.

“The players worked hard throughout the whole game. We had a gameplan and they executed it well.

“We executed the gameplan most of the game. We knew that the front three or four would have a tough shift today, and the boys who came on for them did well.

“We went a bit more direct. As a group, we knew where the space would be, where there would commit players, and where we could take advantage of those spaces.

“We mixed it up well - we played short, we played in behind, we created chances and the place was buzzing. It was good.”

The 34-year old was pleased to claim the side's first clean sheet in seven games and the third of the season, stating this is something the side must continue to work on as the season progresses.

The former Fulham midfielder understands Tuesday’s visit to Blundell Park in the EFL Trophy will be different to today's clash, but insists City will go there with the same mentality ahead of the Bantams' first group fixture.

“Clean sheets win you games,” he added.

“We need to continue to work on that. They had chances today, but I felt we defended well.

“We closed spaces, we squeezed at times, and we dropped off at times. I felt we were good defensively.

“They are a good team, so we are glad to get three points.

“We know it will be a different ball game in the EFL Trophy, but we will go with the same mentality.

“We will go to Grimsby on Tuesday and we will work hard to win the game.

“We will need a good refresh and a rest tomorrow, ready to go for Tuesday, but we are looking forward to it.”

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