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McCALL STILL EXPECTING BANTAMS GROWTH

26 September 2020

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Stuart McCall believes there is still more to come from his side, following City's 2-1 victory over Stevenage. 

The Bantams once again showed fighting spirit to come from one goal down and snatch all three points at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

McCall was pleased with an important victory but is still looking for improvements. 

He stated: “I thought we deserved it. It was a much-needed victory, although I am disappointed with the goal we conceded, because that could have been avoided by all four defenders.

“Looking at the first half as a whole, we created a couple of opportunities and played okay, but I expected us to go out and win the second half which, thankfully, we did.

“We talked about playing with a tempo and changed the system so we could get more of the ball. I think we finished with over 60% of possession, in the end. 

“However, it is no good having loads of possession if you have no cutting edge.  

“For large parts of the first half, I thought we controlled the game and Lee Novak should have scored with his header, but he ends up scoring the two more difficult chances.

“All in all, though - and this is the first thing I said to the lads when they entered the dressing room at the end - the good thing is that we can get better and we will get better.

“I thought it was a decent all-round performance and we thoroughly deserved to win, but we could have made it easier for ourselvesby being a bit more clinical, at times.”

City have now secured five points from a possible nine in Sky Bet League Two, leaving them currently sat in ninth place after three matches. 

The Bantams boss described his side's maiden league victory as a confidence boost for his players and is satisfied with the way his team has started the season. 

McCall added: “Naturally, the win helps the confidence and belief grow within the squad, but there is a great amount of desire in there and that is what we want to build upon. 

“Five points out of nine is satisfactory, especially with the games we have played. All the sides who we have come up against are decent opponents who I think will compete this season. 

“Nonetheless, it was a good performance, a deserved victory, a much-needed three points and a decent start to the campaign.”

McCall's men are set to recommence Sky Bet League Two action with a 3.00pm trip to Grimsby Town next Saturday (October 3). 

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