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22 February 2024



22 February 2024

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Richie Smallwood admitted last night's Bristol Street Motors Trophy Semi-Final exit was a tough one to take. 

The City captain felt that on another day, the Bantams would have come away with the victory with the chances they created, but wants above all the positive performance to be the main takeaway from the game.

“Tonight was a tough one to take,” he said after the final whistle.

“We played well enough to win the game, we had chances to win.

“We were unfortunate and we conceded a sucker punch of a goal and lost the game, unfortunately.

“In cup football, it is a win or go home situation every game. Although we are down, we can take positives from tonight.

“We created plenty of chances, we created plenty of opportunities. Tonight just was not our night, unfortunately.”

City’s No.6 wants his teammates to take pride in the performance they put out, drawing confidence from how they played and the fact all that appeared to be missing was the vital goal to give them the lead in the game.

The 33-year old hopes City can use tonight as fuel ahead of Saturday’s trip to Holker Street to face Barrow, and into the rest of the Sky Bet League Two season.

“We can take confidence, we played well,” Smallwood added.

“They defended well. Their 'keeper was great and they did not make any mistakes.

“We can be proud of our performance. We played well but were just unable to see the game out.

“We can use tonight as fuel going into our next game, and into the rest of the season.

“We will give it our all in training going into the weekend, and will go again.

“Roll on the next game. We want to keep playing, we can take confidence into our next game, we want to go into Saturday to go and get the win and the three points.”

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