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O'DONNELL: 'WE WILL LEARN'

26 October 2020

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Richard O'Donnell insists the Bantams will learn from their display against Newport County on Saturday - ahead of tomorrow's trip to Bolton Wanderers (7.00pm). 

City fell to a 3-0 defeat against the South Wales outfit at the Utilita Energy Stadium, which sent the Exiles to the top of the Sky Bet League Two table. 

O'Donnell admitted the disappointment from the weekend is still raw among Stuart McCall's side, but has backed he and his team-mates to put this in the past. 

“Obviously there is a lot of disappointment from our performance on Saturday,” said O’Donnell.

“We have to look at the Newport game and move on quickly, because it is an important period coming up for us - where we have a lot of games.

“We will learn from Saturday. All the lads and staff know it was not a good enough performance from us, but we have another big game against Bolton and have to get a positive result.

“For us, the main focus is trying to find that consistency. It is something we need to work on and put right.

“It is really holding us back, at the minute. We cannot seem to back-up good performances and victories.

“As players, we need to take responsibility for our performances. Ultimately, it is us who step out onto the pitch.

“Formation and tactics only go so far. We have to go out there and perform - and on Saturday we did not do that.”

O'Donnell recalled his side's victory over the Wanderers in the Carabao Cup on the opening day of the season, and believes City can draw confidence from this ahead of tomorrow. 

He does, however, expect a different beast to the one the Bantams faced last month, and is aware of the challenge facing McCall's men. 

He added: “It is going to be another good test for us - but it is one we are looking forward to, and is a great chance to bounce back.

“We have got the advantage of knowing what Bolton are like, because we played them earlier on in the season.

“It is no doubt going to be a tough game. They have picked up recently after a poor start and have a squad of very talented players.

“From our point of view, we need to focus on what we do. We still have 39 games left of the season to play.

“Saturday’s performance now becomes something we can put right on Tuesday, and we just want to focus on ourselves.”

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