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ALEXANDER OPTIMISTIC AHEAD OF CRAWLEY ENCOUNTER

4 January 2024

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ALEXANDER OPTIMISTIC AHEAD OF CRAWLEY ENCOUNTER

4 January 2024

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Graham Alexander believes his Bantams can tap “into another gear” ahead of this Saturday’s visit of Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two.

The City boss expects Crawley to turn up to West Yorkshire with a possession-based style of football, but believes his City side can get even better than their recent performances have shown.

Alexander hopes City's recent form will still stand them “in good stead” against the Red Devils, as they look to return to winning ways. 

“I expect an expansive performance from Crawley on Saturday,” he said.

“They like to give you problems with their movements, and they are not a team to underestimate.

“It is something I say every week, but we need to concentrate on ourselves and what we provide in the game.

“That has stood us in good stead since my arrival, really. The players go out into the game with clarity and it has allowed them to play at their best level.

“But, they can get even better - I still feel there is another gear for us to go to.

“The players are aware of what we want from them, both in and out of possession.

“When we have full confidence in our game, that is when the performances improve.”

The 52-year-old assessed the danger of set-pieces, and how his side have put time into perfecting - both defending and attacking - dead-ball situations, as he recognises the importance in “being sharp” in those areas.

He lastly continued his reflection from the New Year’s Day defeat to Crewe, and still admits his side were unfortunate to leave Cheshire empty-handed, but stressed that if the Bantams can maintain their “tactical understanding” and “general play”, the results “will come back.”

Alexander added: “Set-pieces are as important as anything else that we train.

“Both in an attacking and defensive sense, we need to be sharp in those areas.

“You see in this league especially - games are won and lost through a set-play or a dead-ball scenario, which we saw on Monday.

“It is a massive part of the game, anyway - you see World Cup and European Championship matches are decided on set-pieces. 

“We have to maximise the abilities that we have here, and we can harness more of that quality into set-pieces.

“I still feel we deserved to win against Crewe. I try to be honest in my post-match assessments, as much as I can.

“The data and match statistics can verify those feelings after a match, but with my own eyes, I know we should have won the game.

“But, we had to score more than the opponent, and we could have controlled things better throughout the game.

“Our general play warranted a victory. The tactical output and understanding was good, but we could not get over the line.

“We just have to keep up what we have been doing, and the results will come back.”

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