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15 March 2024

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15 March 2024

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Alex Gilliead has called for the Bantams to not fear league leaders Mansfield Town, when the Stags make the trip to BD8 tomorrow.

The midfielder knows City can match the tempo set by teams higher up in the division, and hopes to reflect their recent achievements against MK Dons and Wrexham against their visitors this weekend.

“It is one of them, when you play a team higher than you in the table, you feel like you can match them,” he said.

“We can do that on Saturday - it is not the first time we have stopped a confident team on a run.

“We saw it with MK Dons and Wrexham a few weeks ago. When a team come and try and play their way, you want to stop them.

“Especially at home, it is a big pitch. Teams fancy themselves sometimes, and we aim to just shut them down.

“However, as we saw against Forest Green, teams will come to just frustrate you, and we fell victim to that.

“There is still a lot of points up for grabs and we can still make a late run to the play-offs.”

Versatile Gilliead has already learnt from the midweek defeat to Forest Green Rovers and recognises the necessity for the Bantams to “be on their game” as the campaign nears its conclusion.

He reflected on his City career so far, as he reached 200 appearances in claret and amber in midweek - a feat Gilliead describes as a “personally magnificent achievement”.

“We were very confident going into the game, especially given how we comfortably beat Accrington on Saturday,” Gilliead added.

“We have seen this a few times where we struggle to break teams down, but we need to find a way through it.

“We have to learn how to play teams like that and ensure it does not happen again.

“A lot of big games are coming up, so we need to be on our best form.

“This Saturday will be totally different and it will be a great chance to get back within the points.

“I have played a lot of games but did not know I was close to 200, but it is a massive achievement for me personally.

“This club has been a big part of my life and to reach this milestone is something I am proud of.

“I remember my first day very well. I did not really know anyone!

“I have matured a lot as a player. I began being very timid and shy.

“But, now I am very confident - my game has developed and generally I have grown up.

“The focus has always remained that I want to do well and do the best for this club.”

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