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Reaction | Graham Coughlan Reviews Bradford Performance

24 September 2023

Club News

Reaction | Graham Coughlan Reviews Bradford Performance

24 September 2023

Manager Graham Coughlan shares his thought's with the local media after his side fall to their first home defeat of the season.

Bradford put an end to their misfortune yesterday when they beat a 'patched-up' Newport County side, four-one at Rodney Parade. Andy Cook returned to the Bantams side, fresh from injury and bagged himself a hat-trick while Omar Bogle scored a goal of his own after the striker took it past Lewis in goal and slotted it home to put Newport back in with a chance. Unfortunately the game was too far gone for the Exiles and it was Mark Hughes' Bradford that took all three points.

"When Bradford got on top, we went under and that is not me, that's not our character or the DNA of this football club." Coughlan stated.

"One or two of us shied away from a fight and also shied away from a battle today and I think that's what is bothering me so much."

While Coughlan was disappointed with some of the individual performances he was sure to confirm that it was him that would take responsibility for the result: "It was my decision, it was my team and they are my players that I put on that pitch, so the critism should be directed at me, not the players." He declared.

"We're in a little bit of a hurricane; decisions, errors, anything that can go against us, is going against us. So when you get into that situation, we need to 'circle the wagons', we need to 'roll our sleeves up' and look after each other." Confirmed the Gaffer.

Although the result was a tough one to take, Coughlan looked ahead to putting things right next time out against Salford City: "We've got to put things right next week, but also find a balance, because I can't have anymore players going into that treatment room."

You can read the full match report here.


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