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22 February 2024



22 February 2024

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Graham Alexander described a "heartbreaking" feeling as the Bantams missed out on a place in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy Final with a 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers. 

The City boss feels proud of his side following the game, admitting that he could not of asked any more of his players.

“Heartbreaking is a good way to put it,” he said.

“The players were fantastic, the fans were brilliant, for 93 minutes it was a fantastic night inside Valley Parade.

“I cannot say anything negative about my side tonight, we were dominant and in control, just could not find that golden touch in front of goal.

“I am proud of this side. We have been hit hard with injuries within the squad. Whoever has stepped in has risen to the standards we set.

“Tonight they stayed in the game, they continued to plug away, and they got their goal. I could not have asked more from my team after the game.”

The City chief feels his side can take positives from their performance, and confidence from their play after coming up just short against a team a tier above. He hopes the performances can keep up to this standard going into the rest of the season.

The 52-year old wants his side to use this result as fuel for the remainder of the campaign, starting with the Saturday's trip to the Barrow, and does not want his side do drop their heads going into the game.

“All credit to our players,” Alexander added.

“We had assertiveness in possession, we had control, we had a confidence with the ball. Against a League One side, we were the better side.

“This hurts everybody, but we cannot let this affect us going forward and we cannot let our heads drop after this.

“We can use this game as fuel. We have to show that on Saturday - these players have it within them to bounce back in a good way.

“We cannot let ourselves feel sorry for ourselves and feel sorry for whatever comes you way. We have to turn this negative into a positive.”

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