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ALEXANDER DISAPPOINTED WITH U’S DRAW

13 January 2024

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ALEXANDER DISAPPOINTED WITH U’S DRAW

13 January 2024

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Graham Alexander was left disappointed after his side "dropped two points" at Colchester United this afternoon. 

City led at the halfway stage thanks to Andy Cook's 13th goal of the season, though succumbed to a second-half Tom Hopper equaliser after controlling large parts of the game. 

While taking some positives, the Bantams boss will be looking to correct the faults from today’s performance, and is confident his "honest group" of players have what it takes to improve upon where they fell short today. 

Alexander said: “I am disappointed. It felt like a game we could have won. 

“We had dominant spells in the first half and should have extended our lead, but we were not able to.

“We stepped off a little and we got punished for it. We gave them an opportunity to take the momentum, and they did that with the equaliser.

“I am a manger who focuses on the positives, that is always the goal. It boosts the team's self-esteem, both as a group, and as individuals.

“But, when we have things creeping into our game, we need to stomp them out as soon as possible. We have to deal with it, and the best way to do that is by facing it head on.

“The players will take it all on board. You can see the honesty, on the pitch and on the training pitch - they will want to improve.”

The City chief praised the support from the 459 travelling City supporters, and admitted his frustration at the fact they were unable to be sent home with three points to celebrate. 

Alexander will use a free week to look back on what City have done well, but also how they can take the next step ahead of their visit of Doncaster Rovers next weekend.

“We had fantastic support from our fans, today,” he added.

“I thought we could have won, and feel disappointed for the travelling fans, but their support is always appreciated.

“It is not a reset week for us, but we have to look at what we do well, how we dominated at times today, look at those reasons, and contrast them to when we do not do those things.

“We need to realise how much we are helping the opposition when we do not do the things we are good at. A response is needed and we can do that.

“The players always try their hardest. There is still a lot of work to be done, and we will continue to work hard.”


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