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2 September 2023



2 September 2023

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Ciarán Kelly was satisfied with City’s performance in their second-successive clean sheet in Sky Bet League Two after drawing 0-0 with Mansfield Town.

The Irishman assessed the generally positive performance in Nottinghamshire, but believed that City should have travelled back to West Yorkshire with three points.

“The main thing for me is if you cannot score the goals at the top end then you have to at least keep them out at the other end,”  he said.

“We want to keep as many clean sheets as possible.

“There is a lot fewer midweek matches coming up and also a lot more home games.

“It is a tough place to come especially with their last few results.

“I think at the start of the match we would have taken a point, but after the match I feel like we could have taken all three.

“In the second half, we were much more lively, but unfortunately, we could not get the goal.”

The centre-half revealed his pride in having a consistent run in the Bantams backline, and although claiming the transition from Ireland and England "was tough", admitted he is enjoying his football in West Yorkshire.

The 25-year-old lauded another packed-out away end in the Midlands but aims to deliver the three points for the supporters in the Bantams’ next outing.

“It has been brilliant. That is what I came here to do - play games and keep clean sheets,” Kelly continued.

“It was tough, to be honest, not playing for a while then moving to a different league.

“I am just perfecting my fitness, and I hope to do my best every time I step onto the pitch.

“I think we are at that stage now, when we come away from home, we know the noise and atmosphere they deliver.

“We always try and send them home happy, but I hope they can see what we are trying to do, and the next time they come watch us, we can deliver the three points.”

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