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Alexander: Players must respond at Valley Parade

19 March 2015

Cod Army currently occupy ninth in League One

Graham Alexander wants his players to respond in the best possible manner when they travel to West Yorkshire to face Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.

A 2-0 reverse at the hands of Coventry City on Tuesday night meant Town slipped a place to ninth in League One, but have the perfect opportunity to bounce back at Valley Parade.

Their last trip to Yorkshire a fortnight ago ended successfully as they defeated Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, and Alexander wants his side to replicate that performance.

He said: “Tuesday night was a disappointment for us as it was a game we should have at least taken a point from.

“We probably didn’t do enough to win the game as Coventry are a good team as well, so I’d have been content with a point and a clean sheet.

“Unfortunately we didn’t see the game but we've got another opportunity to do that on Saturday. It’ll be a tough game without a doubt. We’ve got to go there confident of getting a result.

“There’s been a big group of teams in the middle part of the table who have been inconsistent about putting wins together really.

“That’s why the league is so tight. We’ve all got the same aspirations to get as many points as possible between now and the end of the season.

“Bradford are ahead of us with their League One status by a year and have got a lot of experience in their team.”

City were 2-0 winners at Highbury on Boxing Day, and Alexander wants his side to respond in a positive manner on Saturday.

“We know what their threats are and they’re difficult to handle. The lads are in a confident mood though and believe we can go there and get something.

“It’s a good game for us to look forward to as we know it’ll be competitive. We’ve got to produce a performance that’s worthy of Fleetwood Town.

“Valley Parade is a fantastic stadium to play at and they have great supporters who get behind their players.

“For our team to go there and test themselves is a good one. We’ve handled our previous games against the big clubs really well and we’ll have to do that again on Saturday.

“It’s about playing the game though and not the atmosphere and the stadium. That’s what we’ve got to concentrate on.”

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