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27 October 2020

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Stuart McCall admits he is looking to "simplify" his coaching methods, ahead of this evening's trip to Bolton Wanderers (7.00pm).

City travel to the University of Bolton Stadium looking to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Newport County on Saturday. 

McCall insists his side must aim to be more consistent with performances, but is also aiming to be come more consistent as a manager. 

“We got beat by a really good side on Saturday, but our main focus in on consistency,” said the Bantams boss.

“I have to look at myself and the consistency of systems, formations and shape. We have to look to simplify things a little bit more.

“If you look over the course of the season when we have lost in the league, we have been beaten by two strong sides - who have a clear way of playing.

“It has not been a horrendous start, when you look at the teams we have played, but it has certainly not been a good start. 

“We cannot be up and down, but I have to take a lot of responsibility for that. 

“I have always been a 'horses for courses' coach, and always try to find something where we can hurt the opposition. 

“When we have got the turnover of Saturday and Tuesday games, that becomes difficult.

“We worked on a couple of systems over pre-season - and I think there is a way we can go about things where we are solid defensively but also carry a threat.

“We will look to simplify things for the players so everyone knows their role. Then, it is down to the individual to get in the team and stay in the team.”

McCall has refused to get carried away with his side's victory in Lancashire earlier in the season, where goals from Lee Novak and Harry Pritchard sent City into round two of the Carabao Cup. 

The City chief believes there is plenty more to come from the Trotters, who have drawn their past two league games.

“We will not be getting too carried away with our performance at Bolton earlier in the season, but it was a good start for us,” he continued.

“They have chopped and changed their system, so it will be a tough game, but one we are looking forward to.

“It is not just the number of players that they have brought in, it is the quality of players that they have recruited.

"With Antoni Sarcevic, Ali Crawford, Eoin Doyle and Nathan Delfouneso at the top end of the pitch, they are always going to carry a threat, and they obviously have experience in other areas.

“They have not started the season in the way they would have wanted, but I am sure Ian Evatt feels there are lots of points to win, and loads of games to play.

“Once they get it right with the quality they have got in the squad, it would not surprise me if they start heading back up the table.

“I believe we are in the same mould as them - we have enough quality in the group and we are looking to improve.”

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