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COOKE AFTER FAST-STARTING BANTAMS

23 October 2020

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Callum Cooke insists the Bantams must begin quickly when welcoming Newport County to the Utilita Energy Stadium tomorrow (3.00pm). 

City have conceded the first goal in three of their four Sky Bet League Two home matches this season, ahead of the visit of Michael Flynn’s Exiles. 

And, while admitting there is character and belief in the squad to come from behind, Cooke is looking for a brighter start from he and his team-mates. 

He said: “There is a lot of belief this year and things do feel a little bit different in the camp. 

“When we go a goal down, our heads stay up and always keep believing and plugging away. 

“We have to be on it at home because teams come here and probably raise their games. 

“It takes us a while to get going, and that is something we need to be better at. 

“There are arguments to say we should not be giving sides a head start but it is good that we have the character to come back from behind, and we are looking forward to keeping going.

“When we have fallen behind at home, we have had the character to come back from behind. We can hopefully have a better start against Newport and get a good result.”

After a midweek draw at home to Walsall, the midfielder admitted there was a feeling of disappointment at not being able to take all three points. 

Having assessed Newport’s strengths, Cooke is desperate for the Bantams to win the physical battle - with the confidence he has in the quality among Stuart McCall’s men - and go one better tomorrow.

The 23-year-old added: “There was a mood of disappointment on Tuesday at having not won, but we showed great character to come back from behind and get a point. 

“It is still very early days and, ultimately, a very long season - so it will stand us in good stead. We still got a point, which is a positive and could be crucial at the end of the year, but we are looking for more.

“Everyone in the squad has personal and collective goals, and wants to win every single game. We demand high standards from ourselves and are disappointed when we do not win. 

“Newport are a good side who have started well and we need to make sure we better them in terms of the effort levels. 

“We know what to expect from them but have a lot of quality in our squad, so we are confident that, if we win the physical battle, we will come away with the win.”

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