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McCALL | WE MUST TAKE THIS DEFEAT ON THE CHIN

6 January 2018

Bantams boss Stuart McCall has backed his players to respond in the right manner after defeat to Yeovil Town in the Emirates FA Cup this Saturday.

McCall's men were knocked out of this season's competition at the third round stage after second half goals from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green secured a 2-0 win for the hosts.

The City chief has acknowledged that Yeovil were full value for their victory, especially after the hosts had created a number of scoring chances in the first period.

The Bantams had their moments after the break - Timothee Dieng, Paul Taylor, Charlie Wyke and Daniel Devine all going close - but McCall says City sadly weren't up to the task of preventing a cup shock.

McCall said: "We are bitterly disappointed after this one.

"We knew they would be hungry and that we would have to be up for it from the very first whistle, and unfortunately we weren't.

"Our possession was poor in the first half and we couldn't put them under pressure.

"We lost virtually every individual battle.

"To be honest, we were fortunate to be still level at half time.

"We got a reaction after the break but then we get done on the counter-attack twice.

"Full credit to Yeovil, they had some good performances out there.

"From our point of view, however, we know this group will look themselves in the mirror and realise they lost their battles today (Saturday).

"The group we have here have done very well so far this season and they will take this defeat on the chin.

"They will be fully aware that this sort of thing can't happen again.

"We are very disappointed to be out of the cup, of course we are, but we cannot let this affect us in terms of what we want to achieve this season.

"We've got we've deserved today unfortunately, but we have to make sure we don't have another lacklustre display like we had in the first half.

"We have to bounce back from this. Come Monday, we will be focused on playing far, far better next Saturday (vs Northampton Town)."

Rouven Sattelmaier, Tony McMahon and Nathaniel Knight-Percival were all ruled out due to injury in the build-up to City's tie at Huish Park, while Matthew Kilgallon was forced off at the break after taking a whack.

McCall added: "Nat (Knight-Percival)'s hip flared up again after two games in three days earlier in the week, so he couldn't travel.

"Tony McMahon (thigh) could be two-to-three weeks out.

"Rouven had back spasms Thursday night/Friday morning.

"He travelled with us yesterday (Friday) and said he felt better, but this morning it was troubling him again.

"Killa (Matthew Kilgallon) suffered a heavy impact on his shin.

"It is a sore one for him, so it depends on how long it takes for the swelling and bruising to go down."


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