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POSITIVES TO TAKE FOR RICHARDS-EVERTON

21 October 2020

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Ben Richards-Everton insisted there were plenty of positives to take from City’s 1-1 draw at home to Walsall. 

The Bantams fought back from one goal down to take a point from a team with England’s current longest unbeaten run. 

Richards-Everton believes his side can be encouraged by the second-half pressure the Bantams applied, in hunt of the winning goal. 

He said: “The positives outweighed the negatives, for us. We could have lost the game, but I felt we deserved a draw - at the very least.

“It was an encouraging performance and we probably should have won the game, based on the second half. 

“The gaffer spoke to us afterwards and said how we were probably unlucky to not nick all three points towards the end.

“There were a lot of positive signs shown and it gave us something to build on. 

“We have played well over the past two games and are probably more disappointed we did not get the three points against Walsall. 

“We had a couple of chances from set-plays, a few half chances and I probably should have scored as well, but we did not lose the game, so it was a point in the right direction.”

Having re-entered the fray for Stuart McCall’s side at Mansfield Town on Saturday, the towering defender was again pleased with his personal performance as he made back-to-back starts. 

Richards-Everton insists the competition among City’s ranks is stiff and is keen to do all he can when selected to fight his argument for match minutes. 

The former Accrington Stanley man added: “I do not want to get carried away and us as a team are keeping our feet on the ground because - whether we win, lose or draw - it is still very early days. 

“Everyone wants to play and we have a big squad, at the minute - with everyone ready to step in and perform. 

“The level has probably raised over the past few games because we know there is a pressure of being taken out of the team if you do not perform. 

“Everyone wants to play, myself included. There are a few injuries at the moment but everyone knows that, once them lads are back, the competition will be very fierce and the performances will keep getting better. 

“We have just got to keep going and putting in positive performances, because we know we can play well and not get the three points, like we did against Walsall, so are always striving to be better. 

“For myself, I am just trying to take each game as it comes and put in positive performances when called upon. Whenever the manager picks me, I give all I can to do my best for the team.”

The Bantams return to action at the Utilita Energy Stadium on Saturday with a 3.00pm visit of Newport County (October 24). 

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