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3 February 2024



3 February 2024

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Ciarán Kelly described a physically demanding game after City’s 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon at the University of Bradford Stadium.  

It was a defensively resolute performance from the hosts which saw City earn a point against their London-based opponents.

The Irishman enjoyed being a part of a physical battle, but admitted the Bantams should have been better in front of goal.

“It was a tough game and a hard-earned point,” he said.

“Realistically, we had the better chances.

“Sam (Walker) did not have much to save in the game and we kept a clean sheet.

“Three points was the aim today, but at least we got one.

“They mix it up a bit; there were times I would have to be physical and win headers, but also times they would spin in behind.”

The centre-back positions have been ones of great competitiveness, a challenge which Kelly relishes, as it keeps everyone grabbing games and opportunities with both hands when they are on the field.

“Every time you get a chance, you have to relish it and take it with both hands,” he added.

“You want to be playing week in, week out, and are obviously disappointed if you are out of the squad or out of the team.

“Every time I step onto the pitch, I want to help the team and get three points.

“I also enjoy getting forward and linking up with Lewis (Richards).

“I got an assist earlier on in the season and want to get more.”

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