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O'CONNOR EXPECTING BANTAMS RESPONSE

29 August 2019

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Anthony O’Connor is looking forward to an “entertaining” match against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

The Bantams will travel to the Alexandra Stadium looking to record a third Sky Bet League Two victory, overtaking their opponents in the process into a play-off spot.

Despite the strength of the opposition, the former Aberdeen defender is confident of City's chances.

O'Connor said: "We have had an ok start. We were disappointed on Saturday not to come away with three points.

"But we have only lost one game and - to concede two goals since the start of the season - is not bad.

"Every game we expect to try and win but we know it won’t be easy.

"Saturday was frustrating. When you can’t find a way through, a draw is the least you expect - and we lost it right at the end.

“It wasn’t to be. We have quickly put that behind us now, though, and, hopefully, we can put it right at Crewe.

“I have played in League Two before, a few years back, on loan at different clubs. You get a different range of opponents each week.     

“You have teams like Grimsby, who like to play long-ball, then teams like Forest Green who try to play out from the back.

“Their goalkeeper was bringing the ball to the half-way line at times. There are a lot more teams playing with that confidence in League Two now and Crewe will be the same.

“They will want to get the ball down, as will we, which should make for an entertaining game.”

O'Connor has spoken of positives changes behind the scenes at the club.

The Irishman arrived at the Utilita Energy Stadium last summer and insists a "transformation" will pay dividends. 

He added: “Since we came back for the start of pre-season, you could see the difference in the mentality of the players.

“There are a lot higher standards than were set last season.

“Everybody knows they have to maintain those standards every day in training.

“Even in training games, we are drilled to maintain clean sheets and prevent goals going in – as we would in a normal game.

“The professionalism has gone up. Each of the lads has a smile on their face everyday and enjoy coming into training.

“I think that has been showing in the games. We have been giving our all despite not hitting the heights we know we can get to."

There are a limited number of tickets available for the trip to Crewe. CLICK HERE to buy online, or visit the Utilita Energy Stadium’s ticket office during normal office hours.

For more information call a member of our ticketing team - on 01274 770012.


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