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25 January 2024

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25 January 2024

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Graham Alexander believes his side are ready to prove Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Salford City was a “one-off” game, as his Bantams travel to Swindon Town’s County Ground on Saturday. 

The City boss credited his players for not carrying the midweek disappointment into training this week, and hopes to see a positive response in Wiltshire at the weekend.

“We are determined to prove that Tuesday was a one-off game and that we can be better than what we showed in midweek,” he said.

“The biggest issue against Salford was that we did not have enough momentum to get the winning goal, and you need that at this level.

“I have been quite honest with the players on where we need to improve - I will reinforce the areas we do well in, but the group need to understand where they go wrong sometimes.

“It is about lifting the performance levels. The game felt very flat, so it is about getting back to that standard.

“We will not be hung up on the performance. The players have gone out to train today and are set to move on from Tuesday and you have to do that - you can not take any negative feeling into the next game. We are ready to go for Saturday.”

The 52-year-old assessed the challenge of taking on a managerless Swindon Town, but is confident that the Bantams' positive reaction from Tuesday night will aid them in leaving Wiltshire with three points.

“The fact they are without a manager offers a slight challenge, but will not affect much on our output or tactics,” Alexander added.

“In the last two games, we have faced sides who have recently hired new managers, and that makes it a bit easier because we can look what they have done at previous clubs. 

“However, when there is no manager it is a little different, but it only covers a percentage of our gameplan.

“We have our own areas to improve and our focus is on how we can get back to our best.

“I feel we know how to do that. We have shown how we have improved since I took over, it is about getting back to that level.

“The opposition have lost a lot of players too, so they are going to look a lot different with or without a new manager.

“As always, we will always focus on ourselves, but I am pleased with what I have seen so far following Tuesday, and we have the capabilities on taking three points in Swindon.”

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