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BOWYER TAKING POSITIVES FROM OPENING DAY DRAW

3 August 2019

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City boss Gary Bowyer was keen to take the positives from a “frustrating” afternoon, as the Bantams were held to a 0-0 opening day draw at home by Cambridge United.

Despite controlling large parts of the game - with 65% of the overall possession - City proved unable to unlock the visitors' defence.

However, Bowyer insists the overall performance was an encouraging one and expects his side to grow as the season progresses.

The Bantams boss said: “I have a range of emotions. There is obviously a feel of frustration in not winning, but I can take positives out of the game.

“In the first half, the football we played was pretty good. We kept possession very well and created a couple of good chances, where we feel we should have scored.

“We started the second half in the same vein. The frustration comes in the fact we have not been clinical enough in the final third, which will come.

“We will continue to get better and will be a lot healthier for this game, for sure. It has been a great learning curve for us.”

Bowyer handed six of his Bantams their first appearences for the club this afternoon and was proud to see them earn their heritage numbers.

The City chief has expressed his disappointment in the debutants not being able to mark the occasion with three points, but was pleased for them to be included in a “special project".

He added: “I am sure the lads who played their first games would have liked to mark that and the opening day of the season with a win.

“But for them to have their heritage numbers on their shirts today allows them to be a part of history, which is great.

"Some of the new boys have earned their numbers as well, which is very special for them.

“The fact we are the first in the EFL to have done this makes us very pleased and typifies the proud nature of this great club.”

The Bantams return to action - in their first away trip of the season - next Saturday, with a 1.00pm kick-off at Grimsby Town.


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