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O’DONNELL READY FOR GRIMSBY ‘BATTLE’

9 August 2019

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Richard O’Donnell insists he and his team-mates are "preparing for battle" - ahead of City's visit to Grimsby Town.

Gary Bowyer's men hit the road for the first time this season tomorrow, with the action at Blundell Park getting underway from 1.00pm (Saturday).

The goalkeeper expects his former club to provide the Bantams with a tough test, but is confident City can rise to the occasion.

O’Donnell said: "We know what Grimsby are all about and have done a lot of work, this week, to prepare for the game.

"Blundell Park is a tough place to go and Grimsby have a very direct style of play, which they use to great effect.

"They are good at what they do and we are going to have to be at our best to beat them.

"We are prepared for a physical battle and are massively up for it."

The former Northampton stopper has hailed the impact boss Bowyer has had on the Bantams’ playing style, since arriving in March.

O’Donnell believes Bowyer’s philosophy plays to his strengths and is adamant it will bring the best out of City over the course of the season.

He added: "The style of play suits me really well. You can see the emphasis on making every player on the pitch comfortable with the ball.

"It has been much different since Gary (Bowyer) came in. Ever since he arrived he has drilled his way of playing into us. 

"We have become a lot better for it, as players, and the gaffer deserves a lot of credit for that.

"It is crucial for everyone to contribute in all areas because it is about attacking and moving through the thirds.

"My role is important in how we build and attack from the back, just like the attacking players have a duty to help in defence.

"We have another great opportunity to put it into practice against Grimsby and, hopefully, we can go there and get a result."

City supporters are reminded tickets for tomorrow's contest are SOLD OUT, with no pay on the gate option available. 


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