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McCALL | LET'S BUILD ON NORTHAMPTON WIN

5 January 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall wants his side to use the win at Northampton Town last time out as a platform to help them kick on in the second half of the season.

In City's first game of 2017 last Monday, McCall's men fought back from a half time deficit at Sixfields Stadium to deservedly register an away win over Northampton thanks to second half goals from Mark Marshall and Jordy Hiwula.

Following on from the success against Northampton, the Bantams now get ready to host Chesterfield at the Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday for their first home match of the new calendar year.

City will be aiming for back-to-back wins over Chesterfield, who are currently positioned 21st in the league, after defeating the Spireites at the Proact Stadium back in early October.

McCall said: "From a football perspective, there was no better way to start the year for us than to pick up the win on Monday (vs Northampton).

"We need to try and build on this win now, really push on into the second half of the campaign.

"That means continuing with our recent aim of turning draws into wins, as we did at Northampton.

"The lads showed great desire and commitment to keep going on Monday, even when we were a goal behind. That augurs well for the future.

"The last three times we have conceded - Walsall, Bury and Northampton - they have all been the first goal in the match though. We need to try and improve on that.

"I think we would happily settle for the same sort of performance that we produced at Chesterfield last time.

"We dominated for long periods in that game - the only downside was that we couldn't put the game to bed until right at the very end.

"We know Chesterfield will come here on Saturday fighting for their lives.

"They have an experienced management team in Danny Wilson and Chris Morgan, who I know well from my time at Sheffield United.

"They will aim to make it difficult for us but, as we've shown already this season, we can be at least a match for anyone in this division on our day.

"If we let standards drop, as we did in the first half against Bury recently, we can make it tough for ourselves.

"We just need to focus on trying to really build on the deserved win on Monday and keeping ourselves in that pack at the top end of the division."

The Bantams were boosted recently by the loan extension of popular midfielder Josh Cullen, although City will be without the services of fellow loanees Haris Vuckic and Marc McNulty from now on after the pair returned to their parent clubs.

With Nathan Clarke having also left the ranks - the defender moving to Coventry City last weekend on a permanent deal - McCall has confirmed that the Bantams will be looking to strengthen in the January transfer window.

McCall added: "We certainly hope to add to the squad in the coming weeks, especially as numbers have been reduced slightly due to the departures of Nathan, Haris and Marc.

"I'd like to thank all three of them for their efforts while at the club."

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