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BOWYER EXPECTING ‘INTERESTING CHALLENGE’

16 August 2019

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Gary Bowyer expects City to have to overcome an unfamiliar test in the form of Oldham Athletic, who visit the Utilita Energy Stadium tomorrow.

The Latics - boasting a healthy foreign contingent - will lock horns with Bowyer’s men from 3.00pm on Saturday.

And the Bantams boss believes contrasting components of Laurent Banide’s team will present different challenges, throughout the contest.

He said: "This will be a game unlike either of our first two matches.

"Oldham are a team who have strengthened well during the summer, bringing in a lot of players.

"They have a completely different model to anyone else in Sky Bet League Two, with the amount of players they recruit from abroad.

"There are a lot of good technicians in their side and, having watched their opening two games, they have a lot of pace and power.

"We are prepared to face an interesting challenge and are looking forward to it."

Ahead of the clash with the Boundary Park outfit, Bowyer has stressed the importance of players contributing with goals - in each area of the pitch.

The City chief has explained how, with an expansive playing style, it is essential for every player to be involved in the attacking phase.

He added: "Everyone in the squad has a duty to and chip in with goals, this season. We want everyone to play their part.

"We cannot just rely on our front two to get us out of this division - it is important for us to have defenders scoring goals as well.

"The year Bolton Wanderers were promoted from Sky Bet League One, two of their top scorers were David Wheater and Mark Beevers. They are both defenders. 

"That shows you the value of everyone across the pitch helping with goals. It is something which can hopefully have a similar effect for us."

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s match and can be purchased from the ticket office at the Utilita Energy Stadium, or by CLICKING HERE.


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