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PLATT PRAISES DEFENSIVE CONSISTENCY

16 February 2024

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PLATT PRAISES DEFENSIVE CONSISTENCY

16 February 2024

Matty Platt has called for City to maintain their defensive consistency, as the Bantams look for a fifth-straight clean sheet in tomorrow's visit of Sutton United in Sky Bet League Two.

The defender detailed how he and his defensive teammates have adjusted to a new goalkeeper between the sticks and how they have come together defensively to come away from their last two outings without conceding and with six points in the bag.

“Consistency helps us when we are playing and it has helped us in the last few weeks,” he said.

“Sam (Walker) coming in has helped and he has bedded well into the group.

“It has shown in the results how well we have come together, we are not conceding too many. We just have to keep going.

“A lot of the work on Tuesday night was defensive, which may sound surprising as we won 4-0, but we knew from the away tie that they like to play football.

“Their style of football can always catch you out, so we had to remain disciplined. 

“We had to be on our game defensively, and we knew at times we had to let them play.

“We pressed and punished them effectively and we deserved the three points.

“The manager has mentioned it a few times - we have been playing well even if the result has not gone our way.

“It definitely does help with the belief and momentum within the group.”

Looking ahead to Saturday, Platt believes focusing on what City have to do, and not where there opponents are in the table, will aid City in taking a third-consecutive league win.

Platt lastly reflected on Tuesday night's emphatic victory over MK Dons, as he netted the opening goal in City's 4-0 win at Valley Parade, and hopes the Bantams can follow that with another assertive display at the weekend.

“As always, we will focus on what we want to do - we have to win,” Platt continued.

“We know we where we are in the league, and with playing a side below us, we have to take advantage of that.

“We will try and play our game and carry our momentum over to Saturday.

“It was a good finish (on Tuesday), to be fair. I thought I would take a touch across the defender and hit it as hard as I could.

“Thankfully, I caught it sweet and it flew into the top corner - it is a great feeling.

“To get one in the league was a good feeling, I think the strikers will be taking tips off me now!

“I looked up and saw the net bulge. I did not think it would go in, but it was such a good feeling.

“It allowed us to kick on in the match too, and we managed to win by a lot more. 

“Long may it continue, and Saturday is another chance for us to pick up three points.”

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