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BOWYER CALLING FOR BANTAMS TO KICK ON

20 August 2019

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Gary Bowyer is calling for his Bantams to kick on ahead of tonight's trip to Stevenage.

Bowyer’s men romped to an impressive 3-0 victory over Oldham Athletic on Saturday, recording their first Sky Bet League Two victory of the season.

A near 400-mile trip to Stevenage lies in wait this evening, with the action getting underway from 7.45pm at the Lamex Stadium.

And Bowyer is hoping City can build on the foundations already laid, knowing another three points could see them top the table after four fixtures.

“There is still a great deal of improvement to come from us, though there were lots of positives to take from Saturday,” said the Bantams boss.

“We scored good goals at good times and were pleased to get the first win of the season, particularly on home soil as it settles everyone down. Now we want our first one on the road.

“Like every team in this division, we have all brought new players in and it takes time for things to come together. For it to, you have to play football matches - and that is the exciting thing.

“I have seen us play well, in short spells, and now we have to put it together into longer periods of games.

“Stevenage are a very good team. They are fit and well organised. They lost two centre halves on Saturday and still kept a clean sheet, so we know what we are up against tonight.

“We just have to focus on ourselves and keep working on getting the ball to the frontmen. We are looking forward to the challenge but recognise it will be a tough one.”

Saturday saw the much-anticipated return of Shay McCartan, who had been sidelined throughout pre-season.

The Irishman was introduced during the 75th minute, on Saturday, and was met by a standing ovation as he entered the action.

McCartan went close to increasing City’s lead to 4-0 within seconds of being brought on and Bowyer was delighted by his efforts.

The City manager added: “It was great to see Shay back out there but we have got to look after him, because those were his first minutes for an awful long time.

“When you start going Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, it can be intense and we cannot afford to push him too hard.

“We have to be sensible with Shay but he will play a massive part for us this season. He knows this division and has been very successful in it.

“I have to give the fans a massive thank you for the reception they gave Shay on Saturday. It meant the world to him and will have provided a real confidence boost.

“The supporters have a huge role to play and, when he ran on the pitch, I am sure he felt well over six feet tall.”

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