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ALEXANDER: 'FREE WEEK ALWAYS VALUABLE'

8 February 2024

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ALEXANDER: 'FREE WEEK ALWAYS VALUABLE'

8 February 2024

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Graham Alexander is keen to use a free week of training to City's advantage, ahead of his side's trip to STōK Cae Ras to face Wrexham on Saturday afternoon.

With the Bantams having had no midweek fixture ahead of their travels to North Wales, Alexander hopes this can benefit his side's preparation for the game and aid recovery for the players who might need it.

The Bantams boss is happy the January transfer window - and the unwanted distractons this can bring - is now behind his side, and welcomes the team being settled ahead of the rest of the season.

“A free week is always valuable,” he said.

“It can be valuable to get training time with the players, on a physical and a preparation side.

“It is important to have a bit of breathing space to asses previous games, and to get a plan in place ahead of the upcoming game and the ones that follow.

“Everyone can settle down, now. January brings distractions to a lot of players. Now that we are into February, that can be put to bed.

“Now the window is over, it can bring clarity to everyone at the club, including myself, as we can now enter the rest of the season settled.

“The group we have now is the one that will take us through until the of end of the season. Hopefully we can get down to work to give it a good go between now and the end of the season.”

The City chief is looking forward to integrating the new signings that have come in during the January transfer window, getting them all up to scratch and hoping to bed them all into the squad.

Alexander wants his players to take the rest of the season on a game-by-game basis, being committed in every outing but never looking past any opponent that the Bantams face, with the hope this will yield a successful end to the season.

“We have relied heavily on Andy (Cook), and I do not think that is healthy,” Alexander added.

“Football is a team game. I want us to be a team that offers many threats and we have added to our attack with players that can help us.

“Jake (Young) feels like a new signing for me. Him, Calum (Kavanagh) and Tyreik (Wright) can all help our output.

“Now I feel that if we can get them to their best level, then we will have a strong forward line.

“It is always about focusing on the next game and we go into every game with that mindset and that we have to fully commit to the game plan for that game.

“There is belief in the squad that we can do something this season, and we just need to go a game at a time. That can lead to a good end of the season.

“What we need to do is replicate our levels in training and keep them up for the full game, every game, and by doing that we can be rewarded.”


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