Why Bradford City’s controlling influence pleases managerial duo

Bradford City have not lost many matches under joint managers Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars but the message after Tuesday’s League Two defeat to Tranmere Rovers was broadly: more of the same, please.

The 1-0 loss was the Bantams’ seventh in 26 games under the pair, their third in a row, but Trueman says sticking to the way they played at Valley Parade will bring rewards in the long run.

“The manner of the goal was tough to take, but if we continue to play like that, we will win more than we lose,” said Trueman, whose side have dropped off the play-off pace after some remarkable form when he and Sellars first took over to pull away from the relegation zone.

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“We have played like that in the past and won matches. Tranmere are a good team, but we controlled the match from start to finish.

Bradford City's Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars, right. Picture: George Wood/Getty Images

“We have to keep believing in what we are doing, and keep building over the final four matches of the season.”

There is one area of improvement Trueman is looking to, though.

“We made Tranmere drop back with how well we did in our build-up play,” he said.

“It was difficult to break them down and, unfortunately, it just did not go our way. 

“We did not create enough chances in the final third of the pitch, and needed to be better in attack.

“I thought we were very good in possession and built better than we have done in past games, so it was frustrating to not take anything.”

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