Date: 24th July 2017 at 8:23am
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Sunderland proved far too strong for Bradford in the first half but a second half fightback allowed City to come out of the Valley Parade encounter with some credit.

A three nil first half deficit saw the Bantams score twice in the second half but the comeback wasn’t enough in a 3-2 defeat.

The visitors made a flying start with Josh Maja and Jeremain Lens scoring early on before Billy Jones added a third before the interval.

Having seen Shay McCartan fouled Bradford had the chance to pull a goal back, which Tony McMahon took when converting from the penalty spot with a trialist pulling another back in the last minutes.

Bradford – 1. Rouven Sattelmaier, 2. Tony McMahon, 3. Adam Chicksen, 4. Shay McCartan, 6. Nathaniel Knight-Percival, 7. Alex Gilliead, 8. Jake Reeves, 11. Nicky Law, 14. Romain Vincelot, 15. Daniel Devine, 19. Dominic Poleon
Substitutes: 12. Colin Doyle, 5. Matthew Kilgallon, 9. Omari Patrick, 10. Lachlan Barr, 16. Paul Taylor, 17. TRIALIST, 18. Daniel Pybus
Substitutions: Taylor for Poleon (74), TRIALIST for Law (74), Pybus for Devine (74), Patrick for McCartan (74)

Stuart McCall admitted on the Official Website he was well aware Sunderland would be a step up from the previous pre-season friendlies, which they were.

But he was happy to see a positive second half performance to ensure the players took ‘some pride’ from the afternoon as McCall was able to learn something more about his players.

‘Sunderland were a big, strong, powerful side – we obviously knew this would be a massive upgrade from the likes of Guiseley, Eccleshill and Echterdingen. This game was always going to be about what we could we learn from it – what we did well and what we could do better. But the lads said at half time that they also wanted some pride from the result.’

Adding: ‘The last 30-35 minutes of the second half was very encouraging. Naturally, we will have to look back at the goals and see what we can do better, but to win the second half 2-0 was definitely a positive. There is certainly work still to be done but there were a number of pleasing aspects to take out of the game as well. We learned a bit about the lads at half time today (Saturday), we could see their desire to get some pride back into the scoreline at 3-0 down.’

McCall went on to say the next couple of weeks will enable him to work on other areas and eradicate, all being well, the errors.

‘These next two weeks (before the start of the season) will now give us the opportunity to really get some technical and tactical work into the players. That sort of work will be helped over time by playing games, like this, so you can see your errors and plus points dealing with, for example, corners or constructing attacks. That is what we enjoy though. As coaches, we enjoy getting out on the training pitch and working and developing the lads.’

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