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McCALL AIMS TO MOVE ON QUICKLY FROM NEWCASTLE DEFEAT

26 July 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall says City will quickly move on from their pre-season home defeat at the hands of Premier League Newcastle United this Wednesday.

After keeping the Magpies at bay in the opening period, McCall's men eventually succumbed to Newcastle's undoubted quality, conceding four times after the break on their way to a 4-0 loss at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

With Newcastle at full-strength for their visit to Valley Parade, McCall says he always knew the Bantams' latest pre-season friendly would be a tough encounter.

Following the intense work-out for his players, the City chief is now targeting a positive end to the pre-season programme at FC Halifax Town on Saturday.

McCall said: "The lads certainly got a really hard session from this game.

"We have GPS (data collection) now for the lads so we can check the figures, but I'm sure they will have put a lot into this match.

"We will naturally look at the goals and what we could have done better, but I'm not going to judge people.

"There will be no doom and gloom about this result. Newcastle's quality and the strength of their squad was there for all to see.

"It was a great effort from the players to get us to the break without conceding. They have defended really well against some top opposition.

"It was hard for the lads when they've given everything in the first period but then they (Newcastle) bring more quality, fresh legs, off the bench.

"We've set up in a formation tonight which we will never normally do at home, but we had to be realistic with the players we had unavailable and the quality we were up against.

"We had Shay McCartan on the left and Alex Jones up front on his own - two positions not really natural to them but we had to go with that shape.

"It was tough for them and the likes of Gilly (Alex Gilliead) because we knew we wouldn't see much of the ball tonight (Wednesday) in an attacking area.

"This game is over now - we will move on in a fresh, positive mood.

"Our aim now is to put in a really strong display against Halifax on Saturday.

"We will work positively between now and Saturday, and then moving onto Blackpool (the league opener) the week after.

"It will definitely be a different mind-set against Blackpool - we won't be using the defensive set-up we did tonight."


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