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6 March 2024



6 March 2024

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Graham Alexander admitted "a point was all we deserved" from last night's encounter, as his City side drew 1-1 at home to Doncaster Rovers. 

City fell behind on the stroke of half-time to Luke Molyneux's strike, but battled back to salvage a point in the second period thanks to Tyler Smith's late goal. 

The Bantams boss recognised his team must be better for the full 90 minutes following what he called a “unacceptable” first-half performance, but knows City can improve upon the way they start games. 

“A point was all we deserved,” he said.

“The first half was unacceptable from us, the players responded well in the second half.

“They showed that they wanted to win the game, they showed they wanted to put the first-half performance behind them and they looked to come away with a win.

“I do not know what the cause of the first-half performance was. Whether or not the lay-off in between games was a issue, I am not sure.

“We have to start better. We have to be better than how we played in the first 45 minutes.

“We did not put as much pressure on Doncaster as we should have. It was a poor performance in the first half.”

City’s chief is happy that, going into the next few games, he will be able to continue getting key players back in the side, whilst also welcoming players back from injury and having them ready for the end-of-season run-in.

He has called for the Bantams to build upon their second-half performance heading into their next game on Saturday, when they visit the Wham Stadium to face Accrington Stanley.

“I believe the squad is good enough to be successful,” Alexander added.

“The players we have coming back will be key for us, as we look towards the end of the season.

“We have been hit hard with injuries, people like Tyreik (Wright) who have played very little games can get up to speed and in the rhythm of playing.

“We need players back as the games will be coming thick and fast. Weekend to midweek games are coming now with the rearrangements.

“Saturday is another game, and we should carry on from tonight's second-half showing.

“The side have been there earlier in the season, so they will be used to the atmosphere.

“We will go again on Saturday, and look to get the three points.” 

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