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ALEXANDER: ‘WE CRAVED A WIN LIKE TODAY’

10 February 2024

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ALEXANDER: ‘WE CRAVED A WIN LIKE TODAY’

10 February 2024

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Graham Alexander was delighted after admitting his side was "craving" a win like today's, as they triumphed 1-0 at STōK Cae Ras. 

City snatched all three points thanks to 90th-minute winner from Andy Cook, and Alexander was elated for his side to come away with a win he felt had been coming for some time.

The Bantams boss anticipated it would be a hard place for his side to visit, but was pleased with the performance of City’s No.1 Sam Walker, saying his saves and command of his area gave the defence and the rest of the side more confidence as the game went on.

“It is something we have been craving for a while,” Alexander said.

“These players know what they need to do. They kept their composure and their belief, and I am delighted for them all.

“Today was a tough fixture - the opponent, the place, away from home. Our heads never dropped for a second today, and it was a good win.

“How ever well you play here, you have to defend your box at points, if not for long periods of the games.

“They make you defend and they put you under pressure, but Sam Walker was excellent in goal.

“His saves were good, and he collected the ball well from set-pieces. That gives your team more composure and more confidence when your keeper is doing that.”

The City chief was happy with how his side continued to the last minute of the game, praising the determination within the squad to keep going to come away from North Wales with all three points, heaping praise upon Cook, who scored on his 150th appearance for the Bantams.

He hailed the travelling supporters as they were behind the team from kick-off to the final whistle, giving his players that extra bit of energy to carry them through until the end.

“We spoke to them at half-time, and said we are here to win,” Alexander added.

“We showed that with how we set-up, with the three players up top. As the game went on, they became more anxious. 

“That left space for us to take advantage of. Sometimes things can happen in games to turn the game into a emotional battle, but Cooky kept going, and continued to be positive.

“He showed real determination. His goal was great - he kept going, the 'keeper saved his first effort, but he was there for the follow up to score.

“The fans were amazing. All the way through the game, they got right behind the players.

“After the penalty miss, I heard them turn it up a notch, it gave the players that extra bit of energy to keep going.

“Due to their support, we saw the game out and that was in big part, due to the fans.”

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