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BOWYER RELISHING FIRST GAME IN CHARGE

8 March 2019

Gary Bowyer insists City will become harder to beat ahead of his first game in charge as manager.

Bowyer’s maiden fixture at the Bantams’ helm sees Darren Ferguson’s promotion-chasing Peterborough United travel to the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Saturday will see City face Posh for the fourth time this season, after three draws between the two sides in Sky Bet League One and the Emirates FA Cup.

Bowyer is relishing the prospect of tomorrow’s crucial clash and is expecting a response.

“I am excited about the challenge ahead and have very much enjoyed the last few days.

“The players have been terrific for us and have responded well. Nobody is happy with the situation we find ourselves in and everyone wants to get out of it.

“I cannot wait for the game. My shirt and tie is ready - and my shoes are polished!

“I want the team to be playing and passing with a bit of style on the ball while working hard off of it.

“The football needs to be easy on the eye and we want to make the fans proud to support this team.

“We have had meetings with every player, individually, emphasising what we want from them but also what they can expect from me.

“They need to know the door is always open because we are here to help. We have to ensure we do the basics well. There is no secret formula to success, other than working very, very hard.”

Bowyer faces a welcomed selection headache ahead, with only three Bantams missing through injury.

Paul Caddis and Calum Woods have been declared fit to play, while Sean Scannell prepares to return to full training on Monday. Danny Devine and Jake Reeves remain sidelined.

Bowyer added: “I will pick a team which will give the fans something to cheer.

“I have spoken to previous Bradford managers since I joined, who have spoken about the impact of the supporters.

“I know about it from when I have visited Valley Parade with other clubs. Once you get the crowd on your side then they are unbelievable.

“I know Darren Ferguson well and hope, personally, after this weekend they perform well and get themselves in the play-offs.

“They have some good footballers going forward and we are aware of the test which lies ahead. It is about concentrating on ourselves and our game.”

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