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31 October 2023



31 October 2023

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Kevin McDonald was pleased with the job his team did to qualify for the knockout stages of the EFL Trophy this evening, in his final game as caretaker player-manager. 

After a dominant first-half performance where Tyler Smith netted a hat-trick, City saw out the second half fairly comfortably to see out a 3-0 win. 

While he felt there can always be improvements to be made from a game, the Scot is happy his team got the job done.

“Tonight was a good graft from the lads,” he said.

“They committed to what we wanted on and off the ball.

“The second half was slightly frustrating in the fact we did not have as much of the ball or pressure on the ball as we would have liked.

“But we came to do a job, and that was to get the win, which we achieved.

“I said to the lads before the game we have to press high and, if we get it right, the space will be there, and it was.”

With tonight being his last game in caretaker charge of the team, McDonald reflected on his time as caretaker player-manager, admitting he has "loved every minute" of his time in charge. 

“I have loved the way the lads have bought into what we have tried to do,” he added.

“Saturday has certainly put a downer on it, as we should not have been beaten.

“It has been a hugely positive experience for me, and I hope people enjoyed it at times.

“I appreciate some of the patience with us. This is a results-driven business.

“I am happy we have given the fans a couple of good results, but also disappointed that some did not go our way. 

“I have loved every minute of it.” 

The Bantams return to action at home in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend, hosting Wycombe Wanderers. CLICK HERE to secure tickets. 

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