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29 February 2024

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29 February 2024

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Graham Alexander says his team are ready and raring to go ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Notts County at the University of Bradford Stadium.

City have not played since last midweek following the postponement of their game at the weekend away to Barrow, with Alexander wanting his team to be chomping at the bit ahead of a return to action.

The Bantams boss spoke about a desire to bounce back from defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy Semi-Final last week, and wants his side to use that as motivation going into the rest of the season, not letting this disappointment linger.

“We are in good form in the league, we are ready to roll,” he said.

“We have to be ready to roll with the punches and come back stronger and better, and that is what we will do.

“We are ready to go and we are ready to fight again ahead of the game on Saturday.

“The pain (of the Semi-Final) will linger for a while. Defeats stay with you, but you cannot let that affect your future.

“Whatever happens in football, it is about how you react. No one want to lose a game in that fashion and in a semi-final, but you cannot feel sorry for yourselves.

“You have to do the opposite, make yourself stronger from the adversity you have faced, learn from it, and use the disappointment as motivation.”

Alexander felt the pain of City's supporters following last weekend's scheduled fixture away to Barrow which was called off an hour before kick-off, but is looking forward to a return to action on home soil. 

He acknowledges the Bantams' recent strong form in the league, and has called for his side to continue that heading into this weekend's game.

“I feel (the supporters') pain,” Alexander added.

“When a game gets called off, it is the supporters who take the brunt of it, that is who you feel for in those situations.

“We spoke to a few of them in and around the ground, we just apologised to them and thanked them for their support. We felt their frustration.

“The players have been in good from. We have been reaping the rewards from our performances in our last few games.

“Notts County have good players, and will be motivated to make this a successful season. They have some great quality in their squad.

“We have to be as prepared as we can going into Saturday, as we always do, and we will be ready for the game.”

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