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BLACK | OUR YOUNG PLAYERS CAN LEARN FROM THIS

7 November 2017

Bantams assistant Kenny Black felt there were some things that members of City's squad could away from this Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Rotherham United.

An experimental City side lost out 3-0 to the Millers at the Northern Commercials Stadium in their final group game following a trio of goals from the visitors in the opening period.

A number of City's younger players were given the opportunity for some game-time during the Rotherham encounter, and Black feels there will have been positives and negatives that they can learn from after the defeat.

Black said: "We are disappointed with the result - we wanted to finish the group with a victory - but there are some of our younger players who will have got something from the game.

"The first and third goals, particularly with that one coming on the stroke of half time, were disappointing to concede.

"To concede them all before the break was a body blow for the young lads.

"The effort was there from the lads but sometimes you get nights like this where it wasn't to be.

"Jordan (Gibson) showed flashes of what he is all about, as he did in the previous game against Manchester City U21s, and he can be pleased with his contribution on the night.

"We tried Tyrell (Robinson) at left back. It isn't probably his most natural position but he is one, like Daniel Devine at right back, that we tried there to see how they went.

"They will certainly learn from this game."

City introduced youngsters Jake Maltby and Reece Staunton from the bench in the second period of the Rotherham match.

For 15 year-old Staunton, his involvement in the game saw him become the youngest ever player to represent Bradford City in a first team match.

Black added: "What I particularly liked about Reece's performance was that he showed no nerves when he came on.

"He showed great composure on the ball, as did young Jake when he came on as well.

"He produced a couple of nice passes in the middle of the park.

"There is certainly an opportunity for them now. You just hope that can go on and enjoy a long and fruitful career in the game.

"Hopefully Reece and Jake's involvement tonight (Tuesday) will encourage the other young lads we have at the club."

Maltby replaced Timothee Dieng in central midfield in the closing stages, with the Frenchman leaving the field as a precaution due to a tight hamstring.

Black said: "He (Timothee Dieng) felt his hamstring tighten up slightly.

"We weren't going to replace Tim at the time of the substitution but he indicated to the bench that he felt it was best to come off.

"The tight hamstring is probably just due to the workload he's had in recent weeks coming back from an injury.

"We think it is just a reaction to getting back involved in the games, so hopefully it won't be a problem for Saturday (vs Plymouth Argyle)."


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