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HALLIDAY EXPECTS CITY TO MAINTAIN HIGH STANDARDS

1 March 2024

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HALLIDAY EXPECTS CITY TO MAINTAIN HIGH STANDARDS

1 March 2024

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Brad Halliday hopes City can continue their positive performances and high standards when hosting Notts County at the University of Bradford Stadium tomorrow.

The defender recognises that the play-off places are well within City’s reach, and believes maintaining their standards can take the Bantams far this season.

The right-back reflected on the defeat at Meadow Lane earlier in the season, and hopes to utilise the positive second-half display in that game, and City's recent form, as motivation when taking on the Magpies once again.

“The main objective is to take three points from them, as it is in every game,” he said.

“I recall the reverse fixture and I remember it being a tough game.

“We took our second-half performance as a positive and we bounced back in the following games.

“There is a slight part of us that owes it to ourselves to show what we are capable of, and that the first-half display at their place was just a blip.

“Reaching the play-offs is in our grasp still, providing the performances do not dip.

“A lot of teams are around there, and everyone who takes a look at the division can see that.

“We can get there, though. If we keep our standards high, there is no reason why we cannot make the top seven.”

Halliday is excited to be back on the field, after last Saturday’s trip to Barrow was postponed, and admits City are still eager to bounce back from last Wednesday’s Bristol Street Motors Trophy exit at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers.

The 28-year-old continued his analysis on the Bantams' approach towards the remainder of the campaign, but stresses that determination and full commitment in each encounter will be the key factor in any promotion push.

“It is not nice when a game is called off like that,” Halliday added.

“You tap into that same mindset before every game. Of course, it does alter slightly depending on your opponent or situation.

“But preparing for a game to then have it called off is not a great feeling, especially when fans travel down and you feel that excitement when you get to the ground.

“Losses are not nice to come by and we wanted to bounce back from Wycombe, but there still is an opportunity to do that.

“The disappointment was there, but like I say, we can bounce back and we have 13 games - 13 cup finals - to do so.

“From now until the end of the season, it is about us being fully committed and taking our high standards into each game to focus on taking three points.”

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